The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are alleged to have plagiarised 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
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
US-based celebrity photo agency sues Twitter for copyright infringement
A photo agency has filed a lawsuit against Twitter accusing the company of allowing users to upload its copyright-protected photos.
Backgrid, a celebrity photo agency, alleges that Twitter infringed “at least 1,526” of its celebrity images, with infringement “continuous and ongoing.”
The agency also claims that it sent more than 6,700 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices to Twitte
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.
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