LeBron James may be in self-isolation, but could be in for a costly fight after reports he is being sued for posting a photo of himself.
James posted a photo of himself dunking the ball against the Miami Heat last year on 13 December.
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But photographer Steven Mitchell launched a court case against James and his company Uninterrupted Digital Ventures and LRMR Ventures for $150,000 for copyright infringement, according to TMZ.
Mitchell, a freelance photographer, claims the picture posted by James on his Facebook and Instagram account was not licensed to be used.
“This is an action for copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Copyright Act,” a court document read, filed by Mitchell, obtained by TMZ Sports.
“This action arises out of Defendant’s unauthorised 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.”
LeBron’s commitment to Lakers
The 35-year-old James said he plans to “be a Laker for the rest of my life” while doing a live stream on Instagram.
James was asked which NBA franchise he would never join. He answered by saying, “I’m still playing, man. I gotta keep all my options open, man. But right now, I’ll tell you one thing. I don’t want to go nowhere besides be here, baby. Be a Laker for the rest of my life.”