Categories: copyright infringement
American-Dutch coffee conglomerate Moccona maker sues Australia’s Vittoria over glass jar
The American-Dutch coffee conglomerate behind Moccona, Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and Koninkliijke Douwe Egberts BV (KDE), has accused Australia's Vittoria Coffee of copying Moccona's "iconic" shape of instant coffee in a glass jar.
The company sued Vittoria in Federal Court on the grounds that the latter was selling coffee in a glass jar that consumers might confuse for a Moccona product, whic
Katy Perry loses trademark battle with fashion designer Katie Perry
Pop singer Katy Perry has lost a 15-year trademark dispute with an Australian fashion designer Katie Perry.
Katie Taylor, who sells clothing under her birth name Katie Perry, filed a lawsuit against the pop diva, alleging that her merchandise violated a trademark she held.
The Australian designer launched her clothing business in late 2006 and registered “Katie Perry” as a trademark in Austr
Ed Sheeran sued for ripping off Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘Let’s Get It On’
British pop superstar Ed Sheeran has been accused of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit song Let's Get It On in his 2014 hit song Thinking Out Loud, but has denied the allegations in court arguing that similarities between the songs involve basic musical “building blocks” that are not protected by copyright.
The plaintiffs are the heirs of Marvin Gaye's songwriting partner Ed Townsend and incl
Family of Philippines’ late King of Comedy Dolphy sues Banayad Whisky for copyright infringement
The family of the Philippine’s late King of Comedy Dolphy Quizon filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a liquor company for using his image on its products.
One of the actor's sons, Eric Quizon, warned the public against Banayad Whisky using the copyrighted image of his father in the packaging to drive sales.
Eric posted an image on Instagram of the whisky's promotional image, as we
Nexon sues creators of “Dark and Darker” game over copyright infringement
Japanese-South Korean video game publisher Nexon has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a gaming studio and creators, accusing them of stealing trade secrets.
The defendants in the lawsuit are Ironmace Studios, the developers behind the multiplayer looter Dark and Darker, Ironmace’s founder Terence Seungha Park, and Dark and Darker developer Ju-Hyun Choi.
The two Korean companies
South Korean gaming company NCSOFT accuses Kakao Games of plagiarism
The creators of the mobile role-playing game ArcheAge War are being sued by South Korean video game developer NCSOFT for allegedly violating the copyright in its mobile game Lineage 2M.
The company filed the lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court against the game's publisher Kakao Games and developer XL Games for copyright infringement and unfair competition, claiming that ArcheAge War “im
How creators can contribute to sustainability goals
Sustainability has become a fundamental part of running a business and ensuring its success and survival, which means discouraging the use of natural or other resources so that they can last longer.
To achieve progress towards zero carbon emissions, companies must strive to convey sustainability goals to their customers.
One way of doing this could be connecting with creators/influencers who
Adidas backs down from trademark dispute with Black Lives Matter
German sportswear company Adidas has withdrawn its opposition against a trademark application filed by the advocacy group Black Lives Matter for a logo featuring three parallel stripes.
Two days after objecting to the trademark application, Adidas said that it would rescind its objection "as soon as possible". Adidas did not explain in its statement why it was withdrawing its opposition to the
Rip-off or not: Jack Daniel's Vs Bad Spaniels – a case involving whiskey and a dog toy
Renowned Tennessee whiskey firm Jack Daniel's is attempting to prohibit the production and distribution of a chewy dog toy called Bad Spaniels, which is decorated in the style of one of its bottles.
The toy features a spaniel and a play on 40% alcohol by volume: "43% poo by volume, 100% smelly."
The bottle is part of the Silly Squeakers series of dog toys, which was created by VIP Products,
Court dismisses lawsuit filed against artist Julie Torres for using the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s photo
An Atlanta federal judge dismissed a copyright infringement claim brought against Georgia artist Julie Torres for using a picture of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the grounds that the photography agency Creative Photographers Inc. lacked legal grounds to bring the lawsuit.
In November 2021, the agency filed a lawsuit against Torres for not seeking prior permission to use the late U.S
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have allegedly plagiarized their song "Living in a Ghost Town”
Rock band The Rolling Stones’ members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been hit with a copyright lawsuit by little-known songwriter Sergio Garcia Fernandez who is alleging that they stole content from his track.
In the lawsuit, Fernandez claims that Jagger and Richards “misappropriated many of the recognizable and key protected elements” from his 2006 song “So Sorry” as well as his 2007 tune
Photographer sues plastic surgeon for using her photos without permission beyond allotted time period
A plastic surgeon in Texas is being sued for copyright infringement after it was alleged that the doctor kept utilizing the images taken by a photographer even though her permission to do so had expired.
The lawsuit alleges that Houston-based Camille G. Cash twice paid photographer Sinden Collier to shoot pictures of her in 2007 and 2012.
Collier consented to provide Cash a license so that
Korean start-up claims LG H&H stole its concept of tattoo printer
South Korean start-up Prinker Korea has accused LG Household & Health Care of copying the design of its personalized tattoo printing device, sold under the name Prinker M.
Prinker said that LG H&H had applied for a design patent in September 2020 under the name "tattoo printer," despite signing a non-disclosure agreement in June 2019 regarding a potential commercial relationship.
Getty Images sues AI art generator Stable Diffusion for trillions of dollars
The makers of the well-known AI art tool Stable Diffusion, Stability AI, are being sued in a United States District Court by Getty Images for allegedly violating the copyrights of 12 million photographs from the company’s collection, and is asking for trillions of dollars in compensation.
Stability is accused of copying Getty's images, captions, and information “as part of its efforts to build
Aldi loses court battle against Marks & Spencer over gin bottle design
German supermarket chain Aldi has lost the lawsuit battle after the High Court ruled that it had infringed Marks & Spencer’s gin bottle design.
The grocery chain was accused of "copying" the retailer's Christmas light-up gin bottle designs with its own-branded version.
In December 2021, Marks & Spencer sued the discount retailer, saying their gold flake blackberry and clementine gin
Kellogg India refutes plagiarism allegations in its ad campaign
Kellogg India has refuted plagiarism allegations claimed by food platform EatFit in its latest advertisement campaign released two weeks ago.
According to Kellogg India, its ad tagline Kuch Kar Dikhane Ki Bhookh (English version – Hungry to achieve something) is a “commonly used term and lacks exclusivity to any campaign. It can’t be called proprietary material, unless the same is protected und
Rick Astley sues Yung Gravy for using his voice in 'Betty (Get Money)'
English singer-songwriter Rick Astley has filed a lawsuit against rapper Yung Gravy for using his voice without permission in the hit song Betty (Get Money), which raises questions about what can legally be borrowed from older songs, even when certain licenses have been secured.
In Gravy's 2022 track, Astley’s voice was imitated by vocalist Popnick, whose voice which is strikingly similar Astl
Artist Julian Charrière claims fashion brand Zadig and Voltaire plagiarized his work for their latest campaign
French-Swiss artist Julian Charrière has accused fashion brand Zadig and Voltaire of using his work for a new campaign without permission.
To promote its recent Women's Fall-Winter '23 show during Paris Fashion Week, the company posted a nighttime video of a fountain on fire.
The video is eerily similar to Charrière's 2019 film And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, which was filmed at t
Korea start-up Algocare accuses Lotte Healthcare of stealing its AI-powered tech
A Korean startup has accused the Lotte conglomerate of stealing its AI-powered nutrient dispenser technology and using it in their own product. In order to prevent further violations of small businesses, one of the Korean government's ministries will find a resolution, either through mediation or litigation.
Algocare is a Korean healthcare startup recognized for winning the CES Innovation Award
Lensa app accused of stealing artworks to create online pictures
Australia-based artist Kim Leutwyler has accused the Lensa app of stealing artists' work in order to create artificial intelligence (AI)-based self-portraits and has demanded stringent copyright laws to combat AI-generated art.
The photo and video editor app Lensa recently launched an AI-based feature called "magic avatar" that uses AI to produce stylized portraits of users who upload pictures