Social media shaming: Boon or bane for independent designers?
Independent designers and brand owners are as susceptible to idea theft as ever, but increasingly, those affected have been eschewing troublesome legal processes for calling out the responsible parties on social media. PitchMark looks into the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and if there are alternative solutions.
Model sues Jockey for below-the-belt business practices
An underwear model is suing Jockey for using his image long after his contract with them expired.
Tara Reid sues producers over Sharknado slot machines
Actress Tara Reid is suing the producers of Sharknado for using her image without her permission.
The cat-and-mouse game between politicians and musicians
Politicians are playing songs at their rallies, sometimes without permission, and the musicians are getting fed up with it.This tends to happen to conservative politicians, who are not aligned with popular musicians who are frequently left-leaning.Donald Trump, a divisive politician whose rallies have featured songs by Neil Young, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams, has received letters from them telli
Joan Jett does not love getting ripped off
Rocker Joan Jett’s record label has sued a payroll software company for ripping off her famous song, “I Love Rock N’ Roll” in a TV commercial.
Did Banksy steal from a cartoonist?
Cinders McLeod, a Canadian cartoonist, noticed similarities between Banksy’s works and some of her own when she attended an exhibit of Banksy’s works in Toronto earlier this year. She was surprised by how many of the exhibits reminded her of her own work.
Photographer thunderstruck by photo rip-off
Photographer Sean R. Heavey claims a 2010 photo he took of a supercell thunderstorm, which he called The Mothership, was used by Netflix in their hit series Stranger Things and a Netflix feature-length movie, How It Ends. Netflix denies this. But for photographers, seeing their work reproduced is unfortunately a very common occurrence.
Fortnite developer sued by Creators of dance moves
A rapper named 2Milly is claiming the video game Fortnite is copying his signature dance move and selling it, and he is suing the game’s developer Epic Games. In the lawsuit, 2Milly claims Epic Games is using his “Milly Rock” dance move and profiting from it by turning it into an in-game Emote called “Swipe It”. Emotes are dances that players can use in the game to express themselves.
A floating box on stage is not an original idea
Kanye West is being accused of stealing ideas, again. But this time the accuser might not be so correct in her assumption that her idea is original.
Terry Rozier air balls with theft of Scream mask image
NBA star Terry Rozier has been accused of stealing the design of a mask from a movie and using it in his merchandise. Rozier, who plays for the Boston Celtics and is also known as “Scary Terry”, has been selling shirts and sweatshirts that feature his nickname and the image of the infamous mask from the 1996 movie Scream.
Evil triumphs as The Satanic Temple wins Netflix settlement
Netflix and Warner Bros have amicably settled the lawsuit with The Satanic Temple over the unauthorised use of a Baphomet statue in the Netflix series, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina".