Celebrity Tattoo Artist Kat Von D Cleared of Copyright Infringement in Landmark Case

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – In a recent copyright infringement case, famous tattoo artist Katherine von Drachenberg, commonly known as Kat von D, successfully defended herself against claims that she used a copyrighted photograph of jazz musician Miles Davis without permission. The case, Sedlik v. von Drachenberg, et al, hinged on whether Kat von D’s tattoo of the Davis portrait was substantially similar to the original photograph owned by photographer Jeffrey Sedlik. The jury, after a brief deliberation, unanimously ruled in favor of Kat von D, stating that her tattoo art did not infringe on Sedlik’s … Read more

Spanish Court Orders Temporary Block of Popular Messaging Service Telegram Amidst Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Madrid, Spain – A court in Madrid has ordered the temporary blocking of the popular messaging service Telegram in Spain, following a lawsuit filed by multiple companies alleging copyright infringement. The move has sparked criticism from consumer advocates in the country, who argue that the measure is disproportionate given the large number of Telegram users in Spain. The lawsuit, brought by various media companies, claimed that Telegram was being used to illegally distribute copyrighted content. In response, the court deemed it necessary to temporarily block the entire Telegram service in an attempt to address the … Read more

Appeals Court Vacates $1 Billion Jury Award in Copyright Infringement Case, Orders New Damages Hearing for Internet Service Provider

Richmond, Virginia – The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a $1 billion jury award in a copyright infringement case against Cox Communications Inc., an internet service provider. However, the court affirmed Cox’s liability for repeated copyright infringement on its network. The decision came after the court found insufficient evidence to establish vicarious liability, which requires a causal link between the defendant’s financial interest and the copyright infringement. The case, Sony Music Entertainment v. Cox Communications Inc., was remanded for a damages hearing as the jury award did not specify the amount between … Read more

Lack of New Laws Fails to Prevent Rampant IP Infringement in NFTs, US Gov Report Reveals

Washington, D.C. – In a recent report, the U.S. government stated that intellectual property (IP) infringement is widespread in the booming market of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). However, contrary to popular belief, the report suggests that new laws may not be necessary to address this issue. NFTs have gained significant attention in the art and digital asset industry, with high-profile sales grabbing headlines. However, concerns have been raised about the potential for IP infringement within this market. A comprehensive examination conducted by the U.S. government explored the prevalence of such infringements and the potential need for … Read more