U.S. News | Barnes Sues Ravens QB Lamar Jackson for Copyright Infringement

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A New York-based photographer, Richard H. Barnes, Jr. has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant and his business arm, Lamar Jackson Enterprises Inc., are using his pictures of the football star in action without permission or a license.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant published the photographs to social media including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube without authorization and used them to sell apparel and other merchandise including Jackson’s Era 8-brand apparel, backpacks, smartphone accessories, and kitchen accessories.

According to Barnes, a professional sports photographer who has worked with outlets including USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times reportedly said that he took the photos during a September 2016 game between the University of Louisville and Syracuse University.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the pictures are described as action shots of Jackson running with the football, crossing the goal line, and confronting various hurdles.

The lawsuit also names Miami jeweler, Ronald Dupont as a defendant alleging that he created a sculptural version of one of Barnes’ photographs and then posted pictures of the work on an Instagram page for his business, Stacks Jewelry without permission.

The plaintiff is seeking a jury trial and payment for damages, attorneys’ fees, and other costs.

The case is pending.

Barnes v. Jackson et al

Judge: Roy K Altman
Court: Florida Southern District Court
Case #: 9:21-cv-80722
Nature of Suit: Copyright 
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Apr 15, 2021
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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