FIJI WATER GIRL SUES FIJI WATER CO. LLC FOR MISAPPROPRIATION

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 31, 2018, a model who went viral as the “Fiji Water Girl” after appearing prominently in the background at the Golden Globes’ red carpet event has sued Fiji Water Co. LLC in California sate court claiming it misappropriated her likeness (meaning used her identity without her consent) by creating cardboard cutouts of her for a marketing campaign.

THE PRODUCERS OF “THE ART OF FIELDING” AGAIN AVOID LIABILITY

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

On February 6, 2019, a Second Circuit panel refused to give Charles Green (the author of “Bucky’s 9th”) another chance at his allegations that the 2011 best-selling baseball novel “The Art of Fielding” stole the plot from his book, ruling the scenes in question are common in the genre. This In The Know article is a follow-up to our August 1, 2018 article titled: “The Art of Fielding” Did Not Infringe “Bucky’s 9th” Copyright.

CONAN O’BRIEN TRIAL SET OVER STOLEN JOKES

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

A jury trial has been set for May 2019 against Conan O’Brien over claims brought by comedian Robert Alexander Kaseberg (“Kaseberg”) which allege Conan, his show’s production company Conaco LLC, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., Time Warner Inc., and two members of the show’s production staff (the “Conan Defendants”) stole five of his jokes which were protected by copyright applications Kaseberg filed in 2015 and 2016.

BOB MARLEY COFFEE BRAND VICTORIOUS IN LAWSUIT

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 9, 2019, the Ninth Circuit ordered a coffee company to $2.4 million in damages to companies connected to reggae legend Bob Marley for continuing to sell Marley-branded coffee after a trademark license agreement between the companies was terminated.

DUCK DYNASTY CREATORS RECEIVE MAJOR SETBACK IN CASE AGAINST ITV STUDIOS

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 7, 2019, a California appeals court reversed most of “Duck Dynasty” creators’ (Scott and Deidre Gurney) complaint against a British production company, ITV Studios, that bought most of their operation for $40 million and then refused to work with them. The appeals court said numerous paragraphs pursuant to an anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation motion filed by ITV was wrongfully dismissed by the District Court.

NIKE JUMPMAN LOGO TO SET PRECEDENT FOR COPYRIGHTS TO PHOTOGRAPH

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 2, 2019, a 25-page amicus brief was filed by the American Society of Media Photographers and the National Press Photographers Association explaining why a photograph should share the same protections as novels or songs, fighting a split Ninth Circuit ruling upholding a decision that found Nike was permitted to copy an image for its logo.

L.A. CITY ATTORNEY FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST WEATHER APP

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 3, 2019, the office of L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer filed a lawsuit alleging a weather channel app has been secretly collecting, sharing and monetizing its users’ private information claiming their information is only being used for “personalized local weather data, alerts and forecasts.”

SHEERAN/GAYE LAWSUIT HEADED TO JURY TRIAL

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

On January 3, 2019, New York District Judge Louis D. Stanton refused to grant a motion for summary judgment on the issue of whether Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” infringed upon Marvin Gaye’s song “Let’s Get It On.” The case will be heard by a jury.

BUZZFEED BEATS DEFAMATION SUIT OVER TRUMP DOSSIER

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

On December 19, 2018, U.S. District Florida Judge Ursula Ungaro ended Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev’s defamation suit against BuzzFeed, ruling the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Trump is protected by the fair reporting privilege.

“CARLTON DANCE” ALLEGEDLY STOLEN BY VIDEO GAME MAKERS

Posted by Steven T. Lowe | Jan 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

On December 17, 2018, Alfonso Ribeiro, widely known as Carlton Banks from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” filed a lawsuit in California federal court claiming video game makers, Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive, stole his choreography without permission, noting similarities between the famous “Carlton Dance” he created and moves performed by characters in two well-known video games, “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K16.”

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