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.
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YouTube channel owner offers reward for lost Terms of Service
Live Better Music claims Epidemic Sound walked back on their music licensing agreement by making content claims on Live Better’s videos on YouTube. Live Better says it licensed the tracks from Epidemic Sound legally. Problem is, they can't find the previous Terms of Service document, which proves it.
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.
It is illegal to share photos of the Eiffel Tower at night
It is actually illegal to share photos of the Eiffel Tower at night due to a loophole in European Union laws.
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.
Instagram comedian unwittingly becomes model in diet patch ad
Australian comedian, Celeste Barber, known for parodying photos of celebrities on Instagram, was notified by a fan that her photos are being used on the shopping website Wish. On the page, her photos are being used as a ‘before’ picture to sell weight loss patches.