Automotive photographer Jack Schroeder and model Britni Sumida filed a lawsuit against Volvo, alleging that the automaker used Schroeder’s photos featuring Sumida and a Volvo S60 without authorization.
The 20-page lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, contends Volvo Group North America LLC took 11 photos from Schroeder’s Instagram page and website without permission and used them in its own Instagram stories and Pinterest page.
The photos included links directing customers to a website page dedicated to the S60, the suit alleges.
Six months prior, Volvo had commented on Schroeder’s Instagram post asking to license the photos with no compensation, according to the lawsuit. Schroeder emailed Volvo a week later offering to “negotiate a license” and included a link to his website but received no response, the suit alleges.
The lawsuit also alleges that Volvo did not take down all of the photos from its social media pages after Schroeder emailed asking the automaker to…
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