Copyrights

Get the latest news on copyright infringement claims, trials, appeals, and verdicts.

Dec 6, 2011

Bikram Choudhury, founder of the popular Bikram Yoga practice, undertaken in temperatures up to 105 degrees, is suing fellow hot yoga instructor Greg Gumucio for copyright infringement.

Choudhury believes that Gumucio’s chain of yoga studios, called Yoga for the People, is using the Bikram yoga practices unlawfully. Gumucio, a graduate of the Bikram Yoga Instructor school, holds “Traditional Hot Yoga” classes at his studios, and, although utilitizing the same 26-pose sequence as Bikram, strongly believes his courses are perfectly legal.

Nov 29, 2011

TATS Cru, a Bronx-based crew of graffiti artists, has threatened legal action against carmaker Fiat and Fiat's advertising agency, Doner, alleging that a recently released Fiat TV ad starring pop superstar Jennifer Lopez features a copyrighted TATS Cru graffiti design.

Nov 22, 2011

Vivendi, the parent company of major record label Universal Music Group, recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against executives of the music sharing website Grooveshark, alleging the execs illegally posted thousands of protected songs to the site.

Universal's complaint contends that high-level employees of Grooveshark posted at least 113,777 of Universal's copyrighted tracks to the website, according to Billboard.

Nov 2, 2011

Graphic designer Bill Dawson recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Millennium Films, alleging the studio has been unlawfully using a logo Dawson created.

In his suit, Dawson contends he created a number of possible logo designs for Millennium after verbally negotiating an agreement with an agent for Technicolor Creative Services, which shopped Dawson's designs to the studio, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Oct 31, 2011

SCG Power Rangers LLC, the company that owns the rights to the "Power Rangers" TV series and related products, recently filed a lawsuit against Underdog Endeavors, alleging the company's Power Rangers Halloween costumes constitute copyright infringement.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, SCG sent Underdog several cease-and-desist letters requesting the company halt sale of the costumes, and filed suit when Underdog did not comply.