According to court documents obtained by The Blast, photographer Steven Mitchell is suing Lebron James and his companies for using a picture of LeBron playing. Photographer wants $150,000 for copyright infringement and any profits made from the Facebook post.
James posted a picture of himself playing against the Miami Heat, but the photographer who took the photo had it licensed.
“This is an action for copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Copyright Act. This action arises out of Defendant’s unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of an NBA basketball player, owned and registered by Mitchell, a professional photographer.”
Mitchell accuses James of taking his photo and posting it on his official Facebook page. The post received 14k likes and 92 shares.
Should BronBron pay up or tell the photographer to kick rocks because it’s a picture of himself?