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First off today, Austin Sigemund-Broka at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that a California judge has issued a default judgment against the manufacturers of TVPad, a device that allows users to illegally stream of live broadcasts from all over the world.
The device, which is made in China, has been the subject of several lawsuits. However, this one was filed by three Korean TV networks who had sought some $358 million in damages public performance copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) provision against circumventing digital rights management tools.
The manufacturers initially defended the claims but their attorneys withdrew and the defendants were slow to pick up new ones, dragging out the discovery process. The judge in the case felt forced to issue a default judgment against them, awarding some $65 million to the networks and issuing an injunction barring the manufacturers from any further infringement of the networks’ content.
Next up today, Michael Rothmans at ABC News reports that the band R.E.M. has taken issue with Donald Trump’s use of their song It’s the End of the World during a recent campaign stop.
In a Facebook posting, the band said that they did not authorize or condone the use of the music at the event and asked candidates to “cease and desist” from using their work. The band’s bassist, Mike Mills, and singer, Michael Stipe, also took to social media to express their personal objections.
The case follows closely a similar one where Eye of the Tiger by Survivor was used at a rally organized by Mike Huckabee for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who had been in jail on contempt of court charges for refusing to issue marriage licenses following the legalization of gay marriage.
Finally today, David Shortell at CNN reports that Jeremy Scott, the creative director at Moschino, was recently served with paperwork in a lawsuit filed by street artist Joseph Tierney, better known as Rime, over a dress Scott designed for musician Katy Perry.
The lawsuit was filed and reported on last month but the plaintiffs claim they had issues serving the papers to Scott, who refused to voluntarily be served. So, according to an attorney representing Rime, he hired a process server, who in turn posed as an autograph seeker at the premiere of a documentary about Scott entitled: Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer.
Though CNN claims to have gotten a signed document showing that the complaint was received at the theater, an attorney representing Scott claims that such a service never happened. They claim that the allegations are false, as with other claims in the lawsuit, and that they intend to vigorously defend against the allegations.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.