- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Khloe Kardashian might be out thousands of bucks for posting a picture of herself on Instagram that may have violated a media company’s copyright, Variety reported Thursday.

According to the lawsuit by British companyXposure Photos, the photograph in question, snapped by paparazzo Manual Munoz, was altered to leave out the photo credit and then posted to the reality-TV star’s Instagram account in September 2016. 

Xposure Photos “is seeking up to $150,000 in damages for ‘willful, intentional, and malicious’ copyright infringement” plus “an additional $25,000 in damages for the ‘unauthorized alteration or removal of copyright information,’” Variety explains.

In the photo in question, Ms. Kardashian is shown with her sister Kim leaving a Miami restaurant, Variety noted. 

On its website, Xposure tells visitors that it allows guests to “freely browse our online library as a guest” but that “should you wish to download either low-resolution comping images or full-resolution images for final use you must first register with us and sign in with your chosen user ID and password when you enter the site.”

Xposure also warns that “unless otherwise specifically stated in writing by us, the Images on this web site remain the exclusive property of Xposure Picture Library Limited, a specific creator, or an authorised agent or representative for a Creator (such as a picture agency).”

“For the avoidance of doubt, no copyright or other intellectual property right in the Images on this web site is transferred to you without a specific Invoice/Copyright License defining the rights we have granted to you,” adds the company on its terms and conditions page.

While a princely sum for most folks, the damages Xposure are seeking are unlikely to strip Ms. Kardashian bare.

After all just one sponsored photo on Ms. Kardashian’s Instagram account can generate $250,000, Us Weekly magazine reported in March.


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