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
Disney sued by musician Daniel Grigson over a song from 'Frozen II' soundtrack
The song Some Things Never Change from the Frozen II 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 ago.
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
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
Why PitchMark is calling all IP lawyers to join the Global Legal Network to help innovators
Innovators spend most of their time and energy in creating, and often miss out on protecting their ideas, or learning about different ways to deter third parties, with whom they might share their ideas, from copying them without due credit or compensation.
Nobody expects creators to become legal experts and that's precisely why PitchMark is building a Global Legal Network of law firms and lawye
Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” copyright lawsuit may cost US$100 million
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will face a jury trial for plagiarizing Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit Let’s Get It On to write his song 2014 song Thinking Out Loud, after he failed to dismiss the case.
The lawsuit alleges that Sheeran and his co-writer Amy Wadge "copied and exploited, without authorization or credit."
They are accused of using melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, instrumental, and dynamic ele
China steps up its commitment to protect creators’ works from being infringed in the NFT space
In a bid to protect copyright and stimulate creativity, the Chinese Government has intensified its efforts to monitor people who copy other creative works without their consent to create non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The National Copyright Administration (NCA) will clamp down on offences such as the minting of NFTs based on other people’s works like art, cartoons, music, video games, etc without
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.
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
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