LeBron James Sued For $150,000 After Using Copyright Content Without Permission: Report

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LeBron James sued: Lakers star LeBron James is being sued for posting his photo on Facebook without asking the photo's owner for permission.

Written By Devika Pawar | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Lakers star LeBron James is being sued for posting his photo on Facebook without the photographer's permission. As per reports, James and his company both are being sued for using the photo. The photo used was an old photo of him while with the Miami Heat. 

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LeBron James sued: Why is LeBron James sued by photographer Steven Mithcell?

According to reports, LeBron James is being sued for $150,000 by Steven Mitchell, who is a professional photographer. The LeBron James Facebook post had a photo of James as a member of the Miami Heat. As James used the photo without his permission, Mitchell has sued both James and his companies – Uninterrupted Digital Ventures and LRMR Ventures, LLC.  

LeBron James sued: LeBron James facebook post gets him sued for using a photo without permission

The lawsuit takes action for 'copyright infringement' under Section 501 of the Copyright Act. James has reproduced and publically displayed the photo without authorization. The case was filed under the Copyright Act as Mitchell has copyrighted the James photo, which was used without any credit or permission. 

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LeBron James sued: Mitchell declared that James had no authority over his photo

Mitchell's lawsuit further adds that James did not licence the photograph, and hence holds no authority over it. Mitchell did not grant any permission to James to do so either. Furthermore, Mitchell is reportedly asking for $150,000 for the damages. 

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Earlier this week, Kevin Durant and three other Nets players tested positive for COVID-19. James and the Lakers, who were the last team to play the Nets, were asked to get tested. After the tests, the players were asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a preventive measure. James, who is in contention for his next NBA MVP award, has been updating his fans about his quarantine experience via Instagram. The NBA season was suspended after Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. A day later, Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood also tested positive. Though no official announcement has been made, the NBA could return mid-June. 

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