Social media shaming: Boon or bane for independent designers?
Independent designers and brand owners are as susceptible to idea theft as ever, but increasingly, those affected have been eschewing troublesome legal processes for calling out the responsible parties on social media. PitchMark looks into the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and if there are alternative solutions.
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YouTube channel owner offers reward for lost Terms of Service
Live Better Music claims Epidemic Sound walked back on their music licensing agreement by making content claims on Live Better’s videos on YouTube. Live Better says it licensed the tracks from Epidemic Sound legally. Problem is, they can't find the previous Terms of Service document, which proves it.
Model sues Jockey for below-the-belt business practices
An underwear model is suing Jockey for using his image long after his contract with them expired.
Tara Reid sues producers over Sharknado slot machines
Actress Tara Reid is suing the producers of Sharknado for using her image without her permission.
The cat-and-mouse game between politicians and musicians
Politicians are playing songs at their rallies, sometimes without permission, and the musicians are getting fed up with it.This tends to happen to conservative politicians, who are not aligned with popular musicians who are frequently left-leaning.Donald Trump, a divisive politician whose rallies have featured songs by Neil Young, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams, has received letters from them telli
Joan Jett does not love getting ripped off
Rocker Joan Jett’s record label has sued a payroll software company for ripping off her famous song, “I Love Rock N’ Roll” in a TV commercial.
It is illegal to share photos of the Eiffel Tower at night
It is actually illegal to share photos of the Eiffel Tower at night due to a loophole in European Union laws.
Did Banksy steal from a cartoonist?
Cinders McLeod, a Canadian cartoonist, noticed similarities between Banksy’s works and some of her own when she attended an exhibit of Banksy’s works in Toronto earlier this year. She was surprised by how many of the exhibits reminded her of her own work.
Photographer thunderstruck by photo rip-off
Photographer Sean R. Heavey claims a 2010 photo he took of a supercell thunderstorm, which he called The Mothership, was used by Netflix in their hit series Stranger Things and a Netflix feature-length movie, How It Ends. Netflix denies this. But for photographers, seeing their work reproduced is unfortunately a very common occurrence.
Fortnite developer sued by Creators of dance moves
A rapper named 2Milly is claiming the video game Fortnite is copying his signature dance move and selling it, and he is suing the game’s developer Epic Games. In the lawsuit, 2Milly claims Epic Games is using his “Milly Rock” dance move and profiting from it by turning it into an in-game Emote called “Swipe It”. Emotes are dances that players can use in the game to express themselves.
Instagram comedian unwittingly becomes model in diet patch ad
Australian comedian, Celeste Barber, known for parodying photos of celebrities on Instagram, was notified by a fan that her photos are being used on the shopping website Wish. On the page, her photos are being used as a ‘before’ picture to sell weight loss patches.
A floating box on stage is not an original idea
Kanye West is being accused of stealing ideas, again. But this time the accuser might not be so correct in her assumption that her idea is original.
Terry Rozier air balls with theft of Scream mask image
NBA star Terry Rozier has been accused of stealing the design of a mask from a movie and using it in his merchandise. Rozier, who plays for the Boston Celtics and is also known as “Scary Terry”, has been selling shirts and sweatshirts that feature his nickname and the image of the infamous mask from the 1996 movie Scream.
Evil triumphs as The Satanic Temple wins Netflix settlement
Netflix and Warner Bros have amicably settled the lawsuit with The Satanic Temple over the unauthorised use of a Baphomet statue in the Netflix series, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina".
You get a ...lawsuit! - Oprah Winfrey network shows sued
Actress Amber Brenner has filed a federal lawsuit and cited Oprah’s OWN network, along with screenwriters and producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, as the defendants.
New Indian museum design alleged to be copied
The upcoming Museum of the Prime Ministers of India might not seem so stately after a claim that its main feature is stolen from another building’s design. Architect Raj Rewal has claimed that the design of the museum is copied from his design of the library block of the State University of Performing and Visual Arts in Rohtak.
W Hotels not going to face the music over music studio concept
W Hotels has been accused of stealing a concept for a music studio from a hip hop producer.
“Sorry” is the most expensive song to play
Singer Nicki Minaj is being sued for copyright infringement by Tracy Chapman over a song with a rather apt title: “Sorry”. Tracy Chapman, a singer-songwriter who is famous for her ‘80s hits Fast Car and Baby Can I Hold You, said Minaj sampled her song Baby Can I Hold You without permission.
All that glitters is not gold - Kylie Jenner sued over copycat makeup
Kylie Jenner, a celebrity who is valued at almost a billion dollars, is being sued by a small cosmetics company for ripping off a range of their eye shadow and using its name. Sheree Cosmetics released its Born To Sparkle glitter eye shadow palette in October 2017 while Kylie Jenner’s glitter eye shadow product with the same name was released later in 2018.