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Justin Bieber settles lawsuit over Instagram post

By | Published on Tuesday 22 October 2019

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has already reached an out of court settlement with a photographer after he was sued for posting a picture of himself to Instagram without permission.

Paparazzo Robert Barbera filed a lawsuit in New York last week claiming that Bieber had used a photograph he had taken of the star without first getting permission. The image showed Bieber in the back of a car with celebrity church pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Terms of the speedy settlement are not known, but Barbera’s attorney Richard Liebowitz – who has made a career out of this type of lawsuit – filed a notice with the court saying that an agreement had now been reached.

The photo, posted in March, remains online. It’s not clear if Bieber now has a licence as part of this settlement. Nor why Barbera didn’t seek to have the post removed by issuing a DMCA takedown notice against Instagram.