Influencer and Instagram model Clarissa Cardenas is suing Netflix and production company Jerry Media for copyright infringement in FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
Cardenas claims that in December 2018, she received a copyright registration from the U.S. Copyright Office for the video at issue, which she took on May 1, 2017, depicting the less-than-lavish accommodations at the festival’s site on the Bahamian island of Exuma.
Cardenas of Austin, Texas. Will be seeking damages of at least $150,000, and has asked the court to order Netflix and Jerry Media to provide her with an accounting of all profits made from the film.
She has argued Netflix and Jerry Media should be disgorged of all benefits, including profits, they received as a result of their unauthorized use of her video.
Cardenas is also seeking an injunctive relief. This would mean that the defendants will immediately and permanently cease all use of the allegedly infringing video in the documentary.
Jerry Media was responsible for the co-production of the documentary and hired to head up the marketing and promotion for the event.
Jerry Media’s founder, Elliot Tebele, had already received backlash regarding his popular meme account, @fuckjerry. He is accused of building a multi-million dollar Instagram-based business by stealing others’ content.
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