Ariana Grande Is Being Sued For Posting Paparazzi Photos Of Herself
Andrew Parker - June 18, 2019

Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

By Edgar Guest

Is anybody happier because you passed his way? Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today? This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through; Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along? Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" and then vanish in the throng? Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way, Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast, That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said; Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent? Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent? As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say, You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

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.