Categories: copyright infringement
Venezuelan influencer claims Shakira plagiarized her song
Venezuelan influencer and singer Briella has accused Columbian singer Shakira and Bizarrap of plagiarizing her song.
The singer claims that Shakira’s new song ‘BZRP Music Sessions #53' shares similarities with her single ‘Solo tú’, which was released in July 2022.
Briella shared a video on her social handles, calling out the similarities between the two videos.
For instance, she refers to
Zazzle accused of using Filipino artist’s painting without permission
New York-based Filipino painter Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr., has filed a lawsuit against global online marketing company Zazzle for copyright infringement.
Zazzle is accused of using a photo of Banez's large canvas in its marketing materials from 2017 to 2022 for a variety of products without permission.
The painting in question is titled “Satan Inspiring the World,” a hermeneutic visual rea
Donald Trump accused of using copyright-protected images in his NFT collection
Former US president Donald Trump has been accused of using copyright-protected photos in his NFT collection, with social media users calling his money-making endeavor a "scam".
Last month, Trump launched 45,000 photos as an NFT collection called ‘Collect Trump Cards’, or ‘Trump Digital Trading Cards’ as it’s officially known on OpenSea.
The collection, which depicts him as various characters
Manchester United accused of copying NFT from artist
The NFT collection that Manchester United introduced on Tezos sold out far more quickly than anticipated, but it is accused of copying from another well-known Tezos NFT artist.
On December 28, NFT artist Lucréce tweeted that he was in discussions with Arthur Breitman, co-founder of Tezos, to ask Manchester United why its new NFT line incorporates his designs and aesthetics.
Japan court orders JPY 500 million in damages over "fast movie" uploads that earned just JPY 7 million for the infringer
With an aim to deter unauthorized use of copyright-protected work for personal benefits, the Tokyo District Court ordered a man and woman in their 20s to pay JPY 500 million (USD3.6 million) in damages for uploading minutes-long, edited versions of their films - known as "fast movies" on YouTube - without permission.
The duo edited and published ‘fast movies’ for 54 works, including "Shin Godz
Photographer sues media outlet Gannett for copyright infringement over the use of photo she shot
US-based photographer Stephanie Campbell has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Gannett Media Corp. and more than 220 Gannett news outlets for allegedly using a photo she shot without permission.
Campbell claims she owns the right to a photo she took of former National Football League coach Katie Sowers, which Gannett obtained through a screenshot to publish to their readers and sub
Greek clothing brand accuses Decjuba of copying dress designs
Greek clothing brand Devotion Twins has accused retailer Decjuba of copying their dress designs in its latest summer collection.
Devotion Twins claims Decjuba, which operates 140 stores in Australia and New Zealand, ripped off its popular trademark-registered Ella dress design that had become internationally recognized and worn by actors such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and socialite Kris Jenner.
The Year in Review - top 10 stories of 2022
The year 2022 was filled with many IP rip-off stories where young creators accused popular brands of stealing their ideas.
PitchMark covered many of the much-discussed stories about IP theft during the year, ranging from a joke at the Oscars to design rip-offs. Here’s a compilation of the best stories of 2022 from PitchMark.
These are the stories where you, our readers, have engaged with th
Riot Games sues China’s NetEase for copyright violation
Riot Games has sued Chinese gaming company NetEase for allegedly copying its game Valorant despite requesting changes be made to the game.
The American game development and publishing company known for its popular League of Legends game claims that NetEase’s mobile game Hyper Front is a “copy of substantial parts of Valorant.”
It filed a 162-page lawsuit in various countries - United Ki
Litigation update: Photographer Jingna Zhang loses plagiarism case against Luxembourg student artist who ripped off her work
Singaporean photographer Jingna Zhang’s lawsuit against a Luxembourg-based art student Jeff Dieschburg accusing him of copying her work has been rejected by the district court in Luxembourg.
According to Luxembourg media outlet Delano, the court determined that Zhang's photograph did not meet the requirements to be covered by Luxembourg or European copyright law, asserting that “there was insuf
How AI-generated artwork may jeopardize original artists’ creations
The discussion surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) art is developing quickly. In recent months, an AI-generated image took first prize at a fine art competition, an exhibition of DALL-E 2-produced artwork opened in a museum, and an artist registered a work she created using an AI generator with the US Copyright Office.
In September, New York-based artist Kris Kashtanova became the first pe
GUESS called out by graffiti artist Banksy for using his designs without permission
Renowned graffiti artist Banksy has accused fashion retailer GUESS of allegedly stealing his artwork and exploiting it for promotional purposes without giving proper credit or taking permission. GUESS has since clarified its position.
A GUESS store window on Regent Street displayed Banksy's most famous artwork, The Flower Thrower, Flower Bomber, Rage, or Love is in the Air.
It showed an imag
Frequent rip-off of Mexican designers and why the government has stepped in to protect them
Mexico’s independent designers are facing a slew of design rip-offs by larger brands, and the indigenous designs are also not being spared. However, the Mexican government has now stepped up its efforts to protect the country’s independent and indigenous creations.
Designer Georgina Chávez is the latest victim of a rip-off. She alleged that her designs have been copied and sold on China’s onlin
Disney sued by musician Daniel Grigson over a song from 'Frozen II' soundtrack
The song Some Things Never Change from the Frozen II animated movie is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit against The Walt Disney Co. and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Musician Daniel Grigson accused the songwriters of stealing key melodic elements, chord progressions, and even portions of the words from his song That Girl which he wrote almost two decades ag
The Late Late Show’s James Corden accused of copying Ricky Gervais’ joke
In response to accusations of copying a joke of comedian Ricky Gervais, James Corden has accepted that he said it but didn’t know it came from Gervais.
The anchor of The Late Late Show delivered a talk about Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter and included a joke that fans noticed was strikingly similar to one from Gervais's 2018 stand-up performance Humanity.
In the joke, Corden said: “When you
Coachella accuses ‘Coachillin’ Business Park of trademark infringement
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's organizers have accused a cannabis business park in California of trademark infringement for adopting and using the term "Coachillin".
Coachillin Holdings and several associated entities have been accused of taking advantage of a common hashtag and expression associated with the music festival.
In the lawsuit, AEG’s Goldenvoice, the owner of the
South Indian blockbuster Kantara accused of ripping off music band Thaikkudam Bridge’s song
Hit Indian movie Kantara has been accused of plagiarism by popular music band Thaikkudam Bridge, which has alleged that the song Varaha Roopam from the film is a copy of its song Navarasam with its identical melody and chords.
The band took to social media to express their frustration.
It shared the album cover of their music alongside the poster of Varaha Roopam on Instagram to inform thei
NFTs are distinguishable, hence can be deemed property - Singapore High Court rules
A new decision from the Singapore court highlights the nature of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the applicability of existing laws to such relatively novel technologies.
The High Court of the Republic of Singapore has ultimately determined that NFTs may be considered property and thus "be the subject of a proprietary injunction”.
The order is in reference to an injunction from May
Marvel's “Werewolf by Night” called out for plagiarizing poster graphics
While Marvel's show Werewolf by Night has gained a lot of popularity amongst its viewers, it has been accused of copying its poster image of a werewolf with red eyes from a graphic designer.
Estonia-based Midiankai has accused Marvel of stealing his design that he had created six years ago as a T-shirt image for hardcore Dutch band Born from Pain.
Midiankai tweeted a photo of his design alon
H&M Home accused of copying bowl designs from an independent designer
H&M Home has been accused of plagiarism in their new line of homeware products.
Independent Swedish designer Mimmi Blomqvist blamed the company for copying her bowl designs and robbing her of only livelihood.
As soon as the launch event took place, Blomqvist’s fans sent her messages and pictures of products from the event that looked identical to her products.
On Instagram, Blomqvist