This is proving to be a lawsuit filled week for Gigi Hadid. We’ve already told you about how she, along with her agency, IMG Models, is being sued. Now, New York-based designer Jonathan Simkhai is being sued for posting a picture (below) of the model wearing one of his designs.
The plaintiff in this case is the photographer who took the picture, Carl Wu. Wu filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday, and is alleging that Simkhai should be held accountable for the “unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of American fashion model Gigi Hadid owned and registered by Wu.” As the photographer, Wu is also the copyright holder of the photo, which means that he is the only one who has rights to sell, copy, and display the image.
As such, since Simkhai posted the photo in question on a number of different public platforms in June, the designer is infringing on Wu’s rights.
Though Simkhai could have legally done this with permission from the copyright holder, Wu alleges that Simkhai “did not license the photograph from [him] for [use on these] websites, nor did Simkhai have [his] permission or consent to publish the photograph on [these sites].” Therefore, “the foregoing acts of infringement by Simkhai have been willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of and indifference to [Wu’s] rights.”
Wu is asking for a significant amount of damages as compensation.
Information and quotes accredited to The Fashion Law.