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First off today, Russian artist Vladimir Kush has filed a lawsuit in Nevada against Ariana Grande claiming that she ripped off a pair his paintings in the music video for her song God is a Woman.
At two points in the music video, Grande is seen dancing in the flame of a candle. According to Kush, this is similar to two paintings he made, The Candle and The Candle 2, which were made in 1999 and 2000 respectively. The lawsuit claims that the music video is “strikingly similar” to his work.
The music video features multiple scenes where they mimic famous paintings but put a feminine twist on them. The case also shares a series of defendants with a similar one filed against Kendrick Lamar over his music video for All the Stars. That case is ongoing. With this latest one, Kush is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction against the music video.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that Cox has agreed to identify some 2,793 suspected pirate business customers that were flagged by the RIAA as pirates but, previously, had not had their information turned over as part of the trial.
According to the RIAA, Cox has not done enough to head off piracy on its network, in particular it has failed to terminate repeat infringers, as required under the law. As part of that ongoing lawsuit, the RIAA has repeatedly asked for Cox to turn over the identity of the suspected pirating business account customers but Cox has refused to do so.
However, the judge in the case recently signed an order that requires Cox to do so. Within the next five days, Cox will have to contact the subscribers involved, thus giving them a chance to protest the decision, and will then hand over the information. There’s no indication that the RIAA seeks to pursue these users, the individual RIAA lawsuits ended in 2008, but it’s still unlikely those involved will be happy to have their information handed over.
Finally today, Gene Maddaus at Variety reports that Chilean singer Jaime Ciero has dropped her lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company and others involved in the movie Frozen.
Ciero filed the lawsuit in 2017 claiming that the song Let it Go was an infringement of her 2008 song Volar. Disney initially tried to get the lawsuit tossed on statute of limitations, noting she had waited four years to file the lawsuit. However, that was set aside and the lawsuit was allowed to move forward.
Despite that, Ciero and Disney have mutually agreed to drop the lawsuit and have each side simply pay their own legal costs. As a result of this agreement, the judge has ordered the case dismissed with prejudice, bringing it to a permanent close.