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American Idol Creators Suing Texas Gentleman’s Club for “Stripper Idol” Contest

The corporation FremantleMedia, who are the creators of the hit television show American Idol, are suing the owners of a Texas gentleman’s club for their amateur night competition they’ve dubbed “Stripper Idol”.

The the club’s website, Palazio Men’s Club plays on the singing competition reality show’s name in addition to altering the recognizable neon cursive script trademarked logo.

The lawsuit not only aims at stopping copyright infringement, but also seeks the profits derived from the club’s event for potential damage to the show’s image and fees for filing the suit in the first place.

Lampros, the club’s owner, says “I don’t feel they have any grounds to sue. This is just our way of enticing people to come out and have a good time and contribute to the economic crisis that is going on.”  There is currently no official word from the defense.

December 19th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | no comments

Football Star Vince Young in Trademark Dispute Over His Own Name

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Vince Young, who plays football for the Tennessee Titans, is currently in a copyright dispute over his nickname In-Vince-Able / Invinceable and his initials VY.  Turns out, a day after winning the 2006 Rose Bowl, both were trademarked by three astute entrepreneurs – one of which is former Astros baseball player Enos Cabell – and Young wants them back.

Young has filed the lawsuit primarily to get back the two trademarked terms, since Young can not currently use the terms with potential promotional deals including one with Reebok.

The defendants have yet to make any official statement on the lawsuit.

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December 17th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Sports Athlete | no comments

John Waters Sued For Song Use on Christmas Album

A John Waters Christmas

A John Waters Christmas

A federal lawsuit for copyright infringement has been issued against director and all-around awesome individual John Waters for the publication of the song “Santa Claus is a Black Man” on Waters’ CD A John Waters Christmas from 2004.

The plaintiff, Theodore Vann, claims he owns the song and that Waters had no right to release it on the CD. Vann goes on to say in his suit that he specifically denied Waters the rights to use the song because he is “odd and a fetishist”.

November 25th, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | no comments

Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake May Have to Shave His Own Name

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake May Lose Name

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake Could Lose Name in Court

If a cease-and-desist order filed by World Wrestling Entertainment, (aka WWE aka The WWF) is granted, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, whose real name is Edward Leslie, will be forced to stop using one of the most recognizable and classic monikers in modern wrestling.

The WWE claims that they own the trademarked name and that Leslie, who dropped the name when he started working for the WCW, does not have the right to use it.  Leslie counters saying that he has been using the name since 2000 without any trouble from the WWE.

Leslie recently a jumpstart to his career when he became a coach on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.

November 24th, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | no comments

Sarah Palin’s Wardrobe Defense Costs Consignment Store Their Name

When the story exploded that the RNC spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, Palin rebutted saying that her wardrobe comes from her favorite consignment store in Anchorage, Out of the Closet.

Well, it turns out that there is a non-profit chain of stores in California and Florida which is also called Out of the Closet.  When the AIDS Healthcare Foundation found out about the the AK store, the sent a copyright infringement cease and desist letter to the owner asking them to change their name.

Ellen Arvold, who owns the store in Anchorage, has said that she will comply and change the name.  No word if this has affected who she may vote for on November 4th.

October 31st, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Politician | no comments

Bon Jovi Sued for $400 Billion (Yes Billion) for Allegedly Borrowing Lyrics

Jon Bon Jovi is being sued for allegedly borrowing lyrics from the song “(Man I Really) Love This Team”, the Boston Red Sox Anthem by a band called The Chelsea City Council.  Frontman Samuel Bartley Steele is seeking $400 Billion (thats $400,000,000,000 or over half of the Wall Street Bailout the Congress is working on) from Bon Jovi, who he says used his lyrics for the song “I Love This Town”.

Representatives for Bon Jovi and their and any other copyright protection lawyers that may need to get involved have stated they have yet to see the lawsuit.

October 13th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | no comments

Foo Fighters Demand McCain Campaign Stop Using Song… Could a Lawsuit Follow?

The Foo Fighters, led by guitarist Dave Grohl, are fuming at the McCain group for using their song “My Hero” at campaign rallies.  The campaign has not asked for permission from the band, management, publisher or record label.

The following statement was issued by the band:

“This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song–and start asking artists’ permission in general!”

Could a potential intellectual property lawsuit be far behind? This is not the first time the McCain group has used music without an artists position. The were pumping Heart’s “Barracuda” when Palin was first announced.

October 8th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | no comments

Hannah Montana Co-Creator is Demanding His Royalties Percentage

Michael Poryes, co-creator of the Hannah Montana character which has brought in billions for Disney, says he is entitled to a percentage of the bank brought in by the books, movies and merchandise.

Poryes is suing using intellectual property law for almost $1 million dollars for compensatory damages, punitive damages, court costs and of course interest.

Disney at this time does not have any comment.

October 8th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | no comments

Filmmakers of “Finding Rin Tin Tin” Sued for Copyright Violation by Dog Breeder

The original Rin Tin Tin

The original Rin Tin Tin

A little background information… Rin Tin Tin was a real German Shepherd dog who lived in the early 1900s.  His descendants became the stars of a TV series of the same name in the 1950s.  Afterward, another descendant of the same bloodline was given to a dog breeder to continue the breeding of German Shepherds and use the “Rin Tin Tin” name for promotional uses.

Now, a new movie entitled Finding Rin Tin Tin has been released on DVD, and the current owner of the dog breeding company Daphne Hereford has filed a lawsuit for copyright violation.  Hereford claims she has owns the copyright for the Rin Tin Tin moniker in regards to “live German Shepard puppies” and that this movie directly violates her copyright protection.

Hereford is suing the filmmakers First Look Studios for, among other things,  irreparable injury to her company, the studio’s profits from the movie, and wants all copies of the movie destroyed.

At this time, representatives for First Look Studios have not commented.

September 30th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | no comments

Warner Brothers Sue Bollywood Produces Over HARI PUTTAR

Bollywood producers to release a film called “Hari Puttar: a comedy of terror” are working to fend off a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. contends that the title of the film is too close to his mega-famous boy wizard franchise.

Although Bollywood often borrow films from  liberal western movies, producers of “Hari Puttar: a comedy of terrors” to say that his film is nothing like a film in the “Harry Potter” series.

“There is absolutely no link” from Hari Puttar “to” Harry Potter” said Munish Purii, CEO of Mumbai-producers Mirchi Films. Hari is a common name in India while “puttar” is the son of Punabji he said.

“Even if it does rhyme with Harry Potter, surely there is a limit to the case?” Says Tarun Adarsh, editor of Trade Guide.

The film is not a story of sorts or assistant flight on broomsticks, but rather a story of an Indian boy left home alone, which combat the thieves when their parents are on vacation – much of the film recalled Home Alone with Macaulay Culkin.

Warner Brothers seeks an injunction against the film, which is set for release on September 12. The hearings began on Monday and the next is scheduled for September 2.

Deborah Warner Brothers Lincoln spokesman confirmed that the company has filed a lawsuit against the producers of “Hari Puttar”.

“Warner Brothers values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation,” said Lincoln.

August 29th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | no comments