LeBron James to Get Another Taint on His Crown

Published 03/19/2020, 11:32 AM EDT


As if the NBA lockdown because of the Coronavirus isn’t enough, LeBron James has another problem he will have to take care of.

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LeBron James: Sued

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Los Angeles Lakers star veteran LeBron James has more on his plate than just the cancelation of the NBA. His second lawsuit this year includes photographer Steven Mitchell pursuing the 35-year-old power forward for posting a photo on Facebook without his permission.

The Facebook post was a photo of James as a member of the Miami Heat. Mitchell has sued both James and his companies, Uninterrupted Digital Ventures and LRMR Ventures, LLC.

According to reports, LeBron James is being sued for a whopping $150,000. The lawsuit is based on ‘copyright infringement’ under Section 501 of the Copyright Act, according to which James reproduced and publically displayed the photo without authorization. Code 501 entitles the legal owner of an exclusive right under a copyright. One may institute an action for any infringement of that right committed while he or she is the owner.

James’ Lawsuit Explained

Furthermore, Mitchell states that James did not license the photograph. Hence, he holds no authority over it. The legal documents reads:

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“This is an action for copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Copyright Act. This action arises out of the Defendant’s unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of NBA basketball player LeBron James during a basketball game against the Miami Heat, owned and registered by Mitchell, a professional photographer.”

The photographer believes he should receive all the revenue, income or benefits James collected. He justified his demands should be fulfilled “as a result of its unlawful conduct.”

Mitchell has demanded the amount from James besides all the revenue the NBA star may have received from the Facebook post. At the time of publishing, the post sat on 14,000 likes and 92 shares.

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As of now, James has neither provided a statement nor responded to the situation.

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Maitreyee Joshi

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