The company says they make their money by licensing the rights to photos and videos. They accuse Snoop of posting a video they won on his Instagram. The video in question was a clip of a protestor scaling a building in New York City.
In court, the company says they saw the video on Snoop’s Instagram on April 3. They admit they didn’t register the video for a copyright until April 9. The video in question is still up on Snoop’s page. ‘Dummy of The week,” he captioned the post.
The post on Snoop's page has over 4.5 million views and was posted to the rapper's 65 million followers.
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FNTV says, “Without permission or authorization from Plaintiff, Defendant volitionally selected, copied, stored and/or displayed Plaintiff’s copyright protected Video.”
The company says Snoop cost them a ton of money with the post because it made the video less valuable to new outlets.
The suit is seeking in excess of $150k in damage for the alleged infringement. Snoop has yet to respond to the case.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Snoop isn't the only celebrity facing a lawsuit over their Instagram posts. The actress Naomi Watts was hit with a federal lawsuit after she posted a series of snaps taken by a paparazzi. The images were taken of her on set in New York but the photographer claims she didn't obtain permission to share the work nor did she pay a dime to license the images.