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Copyright Troll Attorney Richard Liebowitz and Race-Faker Rachel Dolezal Team up to Quickly Lose Copyright Lawsuit Over Dolezal’s Selfie

From EIN Presswire: Five years after she came to national attention for identifying as black woman while being of European ancestry and having no verifiable African ancestry, Rachel Dolezal is again at the heart of a legal controversy. This time, Dolezal filed suit for copyright infringement after Paper Magazine included Dolezal’s public Instagram post as […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Custody Battle Looms Over Fearless Girl

State Street Global Advisors Trust Co. (SSGA) , the investment firm behind the “Fearless Girl” statue placed near the New York Stock Exchange, is pursuing legal action against Kristen Visbal, the sculpture’s creator for alleged breach of contract and trademark infringement. SSGA commissioned Visbal to create Fearless Girl allegedly to promote gender fairness and female […]

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Copyright Law

Miami Sex Club Must pay $892K for Using Women’s Pics Without Permission to Promote Site

So who thought this was a good idea? Miami Velvet is one of a handful of South Florida members-only night clubs for swingers, couples who share partners and can have group sex inside. To promote their website, the company used images of attractive women, clad in bikinis. The women’s pictures were often featured along side […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property

Score One for the Little Guy: SDNY says Fla Website Can’t Be Sued in NY Over Photos

My client Signatures4U.com is a Mom and Pop side business operating out of Florida that sells signed sports memorabilia, mostly through its eBay site. Last year it was served with a Federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of NY over alleged copyright infringement. The basis of the claim is that two sports photographers allege […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Tattoo Artists File Lawsuits Against Video Game Makers Over Sports Games

Fans of athletes know their hero’s tattoos these days. So when a video game maker wants to create a realistic sports game, of course they want to get down every detail of the most iconic players by including exact copies of their tattoos into the athlete’s game avatars. A series of copyright lawsuits brought by […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Trademark Law

Will Alfonso Ribiero Win His Lawsuit Against Fortnite Over “The Carlton Dance?” (Hint: No)

Actor Alfonso Ribiero played nerdy guy Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” back in the last century. One of the greatest scenes from the show was when Cartlon, home alone, dances wildly to Tom Jones’ hit “Its Not Unusual.” The dance became his signature move and dubbed The Carlton. Now two video game […]

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Copyright Law

It’s All About the Mouse: Protecting Disney Has Thwarted Public Works

When I first started practicing law in 1986, copyright in a piece was easy to determine. It lasted 28 years from date of publication and then could be renewed for another 28 years. That gave the author a good 56 years of exclusive ownership to profit from: then the work became the world’s – public […]

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Copyright Law Litigation

Court Labels Attorney as “Copyright Troll” and Fines Him $10,000 Over Frivolous Case Involving Photograph

2018 has been a bad year for copyright infringement troll attorney Richard Liebowitz. He specializes in bringing hundreds of suits over the alleged infringing use of a digital photograph. In February, in the case of McDermott v. Monday, Monday LLC Southern District of NY Judge Denise Cote labeled him a “Copyright Troll” for filing over […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Taylor Swift Song Because Lyrics are Too Banal

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald of the Central District Court of California has dismissed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift, in which songwriters Nathan Butler and Sean Hall alleged that her hit song “Shake It Off” ripped off the lyrics to 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play,” which the pair wrote for the ’90s girl group. Butler and […]