Ariana Grande Is Being Sued For Posting Paparazzi Photos Of Herself
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Scatter Seeds Of Kindness



If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend
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Ever since the advent of social media, paparazzi photographers have seen a huge decrease in profits. Social media allows celebrities to control the image being portrayed and to share their own photos with their followers. There have been a handful of celebrities that have had legal troubles due to posting a paparazzi photo. According to BuzzFeed News, photo agencies have been calling out celebrities who use their pictures without crediting them on their social accounts.

 

In January of 2019, a photo agency sued Gigi Hadid for posting a picture it had taken of her. She shared the picture on her Instagram account reaching her 44 million followers. Other celebrities who have done the same thing include Kim Kardashian West, 50 Cent, Jessica Simpson, and Jennifer Lopez.

 

And now, Ariana Grande is facing a lawsuit filed against her by a paparazzi photographer. The photographer alleges that the pop star violated copyright laws by posting photos he took of her to her Instagram account. New York-based photographer, Robert Barbera, photographed Grande in 2018 exiting a building carrying a bag with the words “Sweetener” on it.

 

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On August 17, 2018, Grande posted two of the photos, the same day the singer released her album Sweetener. She captioned the photos, “Happy sweetener day”. The Instagram post is no longer up on her page but received more than 3,390,000 likes when it was. A screenshot of the Instagram post is being used as evidence in court.

 

“[Grande] infringed [Barbera’s] copyright in the Photographs by reproducing and publicly displaying the Photographs on the Instagram Page,” he wrote in his lawsuit. “[Grande] is not, and has never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publically display, distribute and/or use the Photographs.”

 

Barbera is suing for either the profits Grande earned from the post or $25,000 for each picture.