Novelist John Hughes in hot water over plagiarism accusations
Sydney-based Australian writer-novelist John Hughes and his work "The Dogs" is under intense scrutiny these past few weeks due to allegations of plagiarism. The Guardian Australia investigated and found multiple similarities and identical instances from another literary work, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War. The issue has caused Hughes' work to be removed from the longlist for the
Spanish beach body campaign used a model’s image without her consent
British model Nyome Nicholas-Williams has accused Spain’s Ministry of Equality of using her photo from Instagram and featuring it in their advertisement without her permission.
The ministry launched a summer campaign that features five diverse women chilling out on a beach to persuade women who are worried about their body looks and, therefore, avoid going to the beach.
The Institute for Wom
Dreamstime launches new tool to help, educate and persuade naive copyright infringers
Dreamstime, one of the world’s leaders in photo licensing, has introduced LicenseGuard, a proprietary copyright tracking tool that seeks to resolve disputes by offering cost-effective licensing as well as education.
The tool will use AI-powered scanning technology, cutting-edge image recognition algorithms, and human assessment to track, detect, and flag potentially unlicensed uses of the agenc
Writer Christine Davis accused actress Quinta Brunson and ABC of plagiarizing Emmy-nominated series
Writer, performer, and artist Christine Davis has accused Quinta Brunson, the creator of the popular television show "Abbott Elementary," and the network behind it, ABC, of copyright violations.
She has alleged that the show is a copy of her own script "This School Year."
Davis wrote the script for her series about filming a television comedy at school in 2018, and registered the copyright f
Singaporean photographer Jingna Zhang accuses Luxembourg student artist of plagiarising her work for award-winning painting
Singaporean photographer Jingna Zhang, who is currently based in the United States, has filed a lawsuit against Luxembourg-based art student Jeff Dieschburg accusing him of painting a picture that is almost identical to a photo she shot in the past.
The artist has denied the plagiarism allegation, but he doesn’t deny taking inspiration from the photo. Zhang, on the other hand, believes a “perso
Seattle Space Needle sues local coffee shop for copying its logo
Seattle coffee shop Local Coffee Spot is being sued for allegedly copying the logo of city’s Space Needle.
The lawsuit states the coffee shop’s purple and white branding is too close to Space Needle's own trademarked design.
Space Needle’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Karen Olson said: “Like the Empire State Building and Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle is a licensed tra
Chinese fast fashion giant Shein sued by artist Magdalena Stephenson for copying her artwork
US-based artist Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson, has accused Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein of using her artwork without permission.
She has sued Shein and its distribution company for more than US$100 million in damages on account of four claims: copyright infringement, vicarious and/or contributory copyright infringement, removal of copyright management i
Dua Lipa sued (again) for sharing a paparazzo photo of herself on her Instagram
British pop singer Dua Lipa is being sued for copyright infringement after sharing a photo of her taken by New York-based paparazzo photographer Robert Barbera in July 2018.
The photo in question, which was shared by her on Instagram in 2019 without taking permission from the photographer, shows Lipa wearing a black sweater bearing the word “HEROES” in large capital letters while out in N
Kanye West accused Adidas of copying of his Yeezy slides design
Rapper Kanye West made a surprise return to Instagram to accuse Adidas of ripping off his Yeezy slides design.
The Adillette slides, which Adidas first introduced in May on social media, are similar to Kanye West's Yeezy slides from 2019, which also had a slip-on design, and were made of natural and renewable materials.
To express his displeasure, the 45-year-old rapper wrote a lengthy post,
Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield accuses marketing company in the Philippines of using photograph of former first lady Imelda Marcos
American documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has accused a billboard company in the Philippines of using a copyright protected photograph of the former first lady Imelda Marcos.
The photograph of Marcos in a red gown was used in publicity posters from Greenfield’s award-winning documentary 2019 “The Kingmaker,” which chronicles the life and career of Marcos and her husband, ousted Pr
How independent creators or screenwriters can safeguard their original ideas and negotiate better terms with the film industry
The ongoing disruption in the film and television industry has changed the way movies are produced, distributed, and consumed. With the proliferation of subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) and Over the Tops (OTTs), the demand for original as well as regional content has increased enormously, which in turn has opened up a gamut of opportunities for independent creators.
Gone are the days w
Can UNFPA’s “bodyright” initiative stop women from getting abused in the virtual world?
UNFPA, a United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, wants to change the way women are treated in the virtual world and is urging them to join their global movement.
The internet provides an important space for women who want to express themselves and garner professional opportunities. However, this access acts as a double-edged sword because they disproportionately face all forms of