LeBron James being sued by photographer for posting of himself
26 Mars, 2020, 19:08 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
LeBron James could face an expensive battle not in the field but in the courtroom.
Mitchell allegedly took the epic photo back in December 13, 2019, which captured King James dunking on Meyers Leonard during a Lakers vs. Heat game in Miami at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
James and representatives from Uninterrupted Digital Ventures and LRMR Ventures has not responded publicly to the lawsuit.
"This action arises out of Defendant's unauthorised reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of NBA basketball player LeBron James during a basketball game against the Miami Heat, owned and registered by Mitchell, a professional photographer".
"This is an action for copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Copyright Act". Some photographers will use their photos being used by the superstar to their advantage, but Mitchell instead chose to file a lawsuit against James, claiming that LeBron infringed on his copyright by posting the image. The very next day, LeBron posted a cropped version of the photo onto his personal social media accounts.
A social media post featuring a LeBron James dunk could prove costly for the National Basketball Association star. He argues that James violated copyright protections by posting the image without permission.
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National Basketball Association players often post photos of themselves on social media.
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