BuzzFeed Gets Sued by Photographer for $3.6 Million


Chances are that you’ve ran into Buzzfeed more than once. They’re a serious hub of every meme and lots of cool things on the web. But right now, they’re getting that big giant smile of success wiped off their face–because they’re getting sued!

Photographer Kal Eiselein is after BuzzFeed for wrongfully using his image. Said image was featured in a roundup called, “The 30 Funniest Header Faces” but has since been changed to 29. The series was put together to give folks a laugh, which is often when BuzzFeed does–destroy brain cells.

And as a result, Kal is asking for $3.6 million in a law suit filed earlier this month right here in NYC.

BuzzFeed’s business model is based on finding content around the web that people are bound to share and so this will perhaps greatly put a damper on their future quality but makes perfect sense when it comes to copyright ownership laws.

Founder Jonah Peretti stated that the company pays to license images from companies like Reuters and Getty, in addition to gobbling up images from networks like Tumblr and Flickr. He cites that they always also go after images that are available under fair use terms.

But in this case, it doesn’t seem like that happened.

Via Imaging Resource

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