Subjects: Legal affairs
Filmmaker Thierry Michel’s “Empire of Silence” accused of plagiarism
Belgian filmmaker Thierry Michel is being alleged of plagiarism in his movie Empire of Silence, but he thinks the motive to ban his film is something else.
Michel is being sued in the Democratic Republic of Congo by documentary makers Gilbert Balufu Mbaye and Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda.
They have accused Michel of copying their 2015 film The Silence of Forgotten Crimes after he released his movi
Amazon’s ‘Dead Ringers’ faces idea theft lawsuit
A producer has sued the production company Morgan Creek Entertainment for violating her contract by selling the project to Amazon.
In the lawsuit, Renee Tab, who runs Sentient Entertainment, alleged that she was not given credit or paid for her work on the upcoming Rachel Weisz comedy "Dead Ringers," which will be available on Amazon Prime Video.
The play features Weisz as corrupt twin gynec
Miley Cyrus sued for posting a photo of herself without photographer’s permission
Pop star Miley Cyrus is being sued for copyright infringement for posting a picture of herself on her Instagram that she didn’t have permission to use.
Photographer Robert Barbera sued Cyrus over her use of the picture.
He asserts that she shared the image to her Instagram account without his consent in February 2021.
According to Bloomberg Law, Barbera asserts that Cyrus profited finan
Copyright lawsuits pile up for Pandora with comedian George Lopez’s being the latest
The comedian George Lopez has launched a complaint against Pandora, alleging that the streaming service has violated his copyright. His claim has increased pressure on Pandora, which is already dealing with several copyright infringement lawsuits from other comedians.
The comedian claims that Pandora has streamed 37 selections from two of his albums - 2001's Right Now Right Now and 2003's Team
Filipino illustrator accuses store for allegedly copying her artwork of K-pop band BTS member Jungkook without permission
A digital illustrator from the Philippines has accused an online store of purportedly stealing her artwork and marketing it as its own.
The artist Gail Purisima, also known as Pureautumnarts, alleged the store in SM Southmall of stealing her artwork stickers of BTS member, Jungkook.
In a Facebook post, Purisima revealed that one of her fans informed her that a store in the mall was selling h
How Copytrack’s bot wrongly accused US White House photographer of stealing a photo clicked by himself
Former United States’ White House photographer Pete Souza had been threatened with copyright litigation for publishing a photo he took of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on his personal website. However, it was later revealed that the takedown notice was erroneously sent by the software bot of a copyright tracking firm.
The photo in question was taken by Mr Souza while onboard Air Force One i
Malaysian company Cenergi SEA called out for stealing an idea pitched by design company Dxclusive
A government-linked Malaysian company is at the center of criticism for the alleged rip-off of a vendor’s design proposal for an exhibition.
Diana Chew, the founder of design company Dxclusive, proposed a few designs for Cenergi SEA Bhd’s booth for the International Sustainable Energy Summit 2022.
However, she was unable to take up the assignment due to pricing pressure from the company.
Why you should PitchMark your ideas before submitting them for Japan’s “Sake Viva!” campaign
The National Tax Agency (NTA) of Japan is asking its youth from the age group of 20 to 39 years to come up with business ideas to help revive the liquor industry. Of course, you should participate, but don’t forget to PitchMark your ideas.
The government believes that certain lifestyle and spending habit changes during the Covid-19 lockdown had drawn the youth away from drinking recreationally,
How U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lynn Goldsmith vs Andy Warhol’s case could alter the definition of fair use under copyright
The announcement that the US Supreme Court will hear the Andy Warhol Foundation's appeal of a lower court decision in Lynn Goldsmith's favor regarding Warhol's 1984 paintings of rock star Prince has alarmed not only the community of American photographers and artists but also their Associations and the US copyright office because the decision could alter the definition of fair use and result in mo
Canada to amend copyright laws to include resale royalty for visual artists
The Canadian government is working towards amending its copyright laws to introduce a provision for the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) that will allow the original artist to earn a royalty when the work is resold during the copyright period.
The move is aimed at protecting and improving economic conditions for Canadian visual artists, especially indigenous and senior artists. The estimated median
Litigation update in the Jingna Zhang-Jeff Dieschburg case: Defense denies liability for infringement
In June, Singaporean photographer Jingna Zhang filed a copyright infringement action against Jeff Dieschburg, an art student at the University of Strasbourg, for his award-winning painting ‘Turandot’, which Zhang claimed was in fact an unauthorized reproduction and use of her fashion photograph appearing in Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 2017. PitchMark caught up recently with Zhang’s Luxembourg-base
Activision Blizzard accused twice by creators for plagiarizing their skin designs for Call of Duty
Gaming company Activision Blizzard stands accused once again of stealing the concept of an NFT design that the gaming studio Midnight Society was planning to introduce in its own game Deadrop. Although Activision acknowledged its mistake in using the skin design in Call Of Duty without the artist’s permission, it did not accept the plagiarism allegations.
Last month, Midnight Society’s head and
Taylor Swift rejects plagiarism allegations over hit song "Shake It Off"
In response to a lawsuit filed in 2017, pop star Taylor Swift claims to be the sole writer of her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” and denies plagiarizing lyrics from the 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW, which was written by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.
Hall and Butler had previously filed the lawsuit in 2017, but was dismissed by the judge. However, they appealed in 2021, with judge Mic
7-Eleven Singapore called out for copying images for its Hawker Fiesta campaign
7-Eleven Singapore is accused of copying images for its recent Hawker Fiesta 2022 campaign from creative studio 8EyedSpud’s artwork for Hawker Culture 2020.
8EyedSpud contacted the convenience store chain to notify them about the matter, and it was subsequently put in touch with the creative agency LH.M Advertising that 7-Eleven had engaged.
The advertising agency acknowledged the infringeme
Netflix accuses Barlow and Bear, creators of The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, of crossing boundaries of fan fiction "well past its breaking point"
Netflix has sued the creators of The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, for infringing copyrights of the hit show Bridgerton after they performed a live musical concert of their version without permission.
The streaming platform, which owns the exclusive rights to authorize derivative works based on Julia Quinn’s book series, released Bridgerton's first season in Dece
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