First off today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that the internet service company Cloudflare is facing another copyright-related lawsuit as wedding dress makers are accusing it of failing to take action against repeat infringers.
The lawsuit was filed by Cheri Bridals and Maggie Sottero Designs, which are suing for contributory copyright infringement for its role in providing services to Chinese sites that they allege create and sell knock off versions of their dresses. However, since dresses (and fashion in general) do not enjoy copyright protection, they are targeting the use of their images and other marketing material, which the sites have exploited in their efforts to sell duplicate dresses.
Cloudflare, which is an intermediary service between the user and the site’s original host, has had its liability tested before. Both the RIAA and pornography provider ALS Scan have filed suits though neither have reached a ruling as both were settled out of court.
Next up today, Alisa Odenheimer at Bloomberg reports that, in Israel, a court has ruled in favor of the central bank in a case against a two counterfeiters, essentially tacking on a civil action to a criminal indictment.
The two were previously convicted of printing tens of thousands of shekels worth of fake bills. The Bank of Israel filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the duo, saying that the notes had many protectable elements and that those copyrights were violated in the process of making the counterfeit notes.
One of the two settled the case quickly for 150,000 shekels ($40,000) while the other did not respond and was ordered to pay 400,000 shekels ($100,000) in damages, which was the full amount the Bank of Israel asked for.
Finally today, Sara Dorn at The New York Post reports that the makers of the famous “Scream” mask have filed a lawsuit against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier over his use of the mask in various merchandise he sells.
Rozier, who uses the nickname “Scary Terry” has been selling merchandise featuring a cartoon image of him wearing the mask. However, Easter Unlimited, Inc., the rightsholders to the mask, claim that he does not have the right to use the image and are suing for copyright infringement.
In addition to the copyright infringement allegations, they are claiming to have two registered trademarks related to the mask and are suing for those as well. Neither side had any comment on the lawsuit.