Emily Ratajkowski is used to being in hot water, but usually, the water in question is in a hot tub or coming from a shower head and the model is doing a picture shoot for some magazine spread or ad campaign. But now she is in a different kind of hot water as a photographer is suing Ratajkowski for using his pictures without his permission.
The case has to do with two photographs of herself that Emily Ratajkowski posted on Instagram in which the model is seen coming out of her New York City building wearing a fuchsia pantsuit posted back in 2019. The photographer who took the pictures, a paparazzi named Edward Opinalodo, accuses her of using his pictures without permission. The Instagram posts have since been taken down.
The lawsuit states, “Defendant improperly and illegally copied, stored, reproduced, distributed, adapted, and/or publicly displayed works copyrighted by Plaintiff thereby violating one of Plaintiff’s exclusive rights in his copyrights.”
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“Each Infringement is an exact copy of the entirety of Opinaldo’s original image that was directly copied and stored by Ratajkowski on the Instagram account,” the complaint asserts. “The photographs were willfully and volitionally posted to the account by Ratajkowski.”
This may sound silly since we are only talking about Instagram here. And why should she have to pay to use pictures that some guy took of her on the street? It is her own image, after all. But these things can lead to big bucks coming in to a photographer. For example, if the picture was a repost it would have liked back to Edward Opinalodo’s own social media accounts and thereby generated new hits for him. Also, Emily Ratajkowski could have at least given him credit.
And Emily Ratajkowski benefitted from the use of the pictures. Any such posts on her Instagram get countless views which in turn gets the model more money. She might also have been paid by the company that made the dress she was wearing or for whatever product she might have plugged in the text alongside the photo.
Born to a Jewish mother in London in 1991, Emily Ratajkowski has no real skills, has not done anything groundbreaking, has not put forward the cause of feminism in any way, and has shown that other than her looks, she has no real talent. For example, in the few movies that she has been in, Ratajkowski has shown that she cannot act. Her most famous role was getting naked in a sex scene opposite Ben Affleck in the 2014 movie “Gone Girl.”
But she does have a killer bod, as people say.
As this is the third time that she has been sued for such copyright infringement. People may be thinking about now that she could at least throw a few bucks at the man who took these pictures. But another issue to be determined is how long exactly it took for Emily Ratajkowski to delete the pictures from her Instagram page. Her lawyer said of the suit, “Emily was sued for copyright infringement previously and the plaintiff conceded that Emily did not infringe any copyright. We are confident that Emily will have similar success in defending this lawsuit as well.”