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
Did Kylie Jenner copy marketing ideas from influencers Brooklyn and Bailey?
Sisters vs. sisters. Media personalities Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian have come under fire for using marketing tactics for their brands Lemme and Kylie Skin from influencers Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight.
In August, twin sisters Brooklyn and Bailey launched ITK (“in the know”), a 15-piece skincare line available at Walmart, which has been marketed on all their social media accounts.
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
Why you should PitchMark your ideas before submitting them for Japan’s “Sake Viva!” campaign
The National Tax Agency (NTA) of Japan is asking its youth from the age group of 20 to 39 years to come up with business ideas to help revive the liquor industry. Of course, you should participate, but don’t forget to PitchMark your ideas.
The government believes that certain lifestyle and spending habit changes during the Covid-19 lockdown had drawn the youth away from drinking recreationally,
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
Canada to amend copyright laws to include resale royalty for visual artists
The Canadian government is working towards amending its copyright laws to introduce a provision for the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) that will allow the original artist to earn a royalty when the work is resold during the copyright period.
The move is aimed at protecting and improving economic conditions for Canadian visual artists, especially indigenous and senior artists. The estimated median
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
Taylor Swift rejects plagiarism allegations over hit song "Shake It Off"
In response to a lawsuit filed in 2017, pop star Taylor Swift claims to be the sole writer of her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” and denies plagiarizing lyrics from the 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW, which was written by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.
Hall and Butler had previously filed the lawsuit in 2017, but was dismissed by the judge. However, they appealed in 2021, with judge Mic
Netflix accuses Barlow and Bear, creators of The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, of crossing boundaries of fan fiction "well past its breaking point"
Netflix has sued the creators of The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, for infringing copyrights of the hit show Bridgerton after they performed a live musical concert of their version without permission.
The streaming platform, which owns the exclusive rights to authorize derivative works based on Julia Quinn’s book series, released Bridgerton's first season in Dece
Novelist John Hughes in hot water over plagiarism accusations
Sydney-based Australian writer-novelist John Hughes and his work "The Dogs" is under intense scrutiny these past few weeks due to allegations of plagiarism. The Guardian Australia investigated and found multiple similarities and identical instances from another literary work, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War. The issue has caused Hughes' work to be removed from the longlist for the
Dreamstime launches new tool to help, educate and persuade naive copyright infringers
Dreamstime, one of the world’s leaders in photo licensing, has introduced LicenseGuard, a proprietary copyright tracking tool that seeks to resolve disputes by offering cost-effective licensing as well as education.
The tool will use AI-powered scanning technology, cutting-edge image recognition algorithms, and human assessment to track, detect, and flag potentially unlicensed uses of the agenc
Writer Christine Davis accused actress Quinta Brunson and ABC of plagiarizing Emmy-nominated series
Writer, performer, and artist Christine Davis has accused Quinta Brunson, the creator of the popular television show "Abbott Elementary," and the network behind it, ABC, of copyright violations.
She has alleged that the show is a copy of her own script "This School Year."
Davis wrote the script for her series about filming a television comedy at school in 2018, and registered the copyright f
Seattle Space Needle sues local coffee shop for copying its logo
Seattle coffee shop Local Coffee Spot is being sued for allegedly copying the logo of the city’s Space Needle.
The lawsuit states the coffee shop’s purple and white branding is too close to Space Needle's own trademarked design.
Space Needle’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Karen Olson said: “Like the Empire State Building and Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle is a licensed