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First off today, The Fashion Law reports that the fashion design company Deadly Doll has reached a settlement in their long-running case against photographer Carlos Vila over the Deadly Doll’s use of one of his images.
Vila filed the lawsuit in July 2021 alleging that Deadly Doll took one of his paparazzi photos of model Irina Shayk and posted it to their social media without his permission. Deadly Doll filed a countersuit, alleging that the photograph in question featured artwork they hold the copyright.
However, the judge quickly sided with Vila on both counts, granting his motion for summary judgement on his infringement claims and dismissing the counterclaims. Since then, the two sides have reached a settlement, bringing a full end to the case.
2: Record Companies Hit Out at Cox Communications for Connecting a Terrorist Content Ruling to its Copyright Appeal
Next up today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that Cox Communications is appealing the $1 billion judgement against them and using a recent ruling over terrorist content to attempt to sway the court.
The case was filed by the major record labels, which accused Cox of not taking adequate steps to prevent piracy on its network. The case went before a jury and the labels were awarded $1 billion in damages for contributory copyright infringement.
Cox is currently appealing that ruling and arguing that a recent Supreme Court decision may favor them. That case involved Twitter’s responsibilities to block terrorist content on the platform. There, the court found in favor of Twitter, with Cox attempting to draw parallels. However, the record labels have responded, saying that copyright is an entirely different issue and that online pirates are not the same as terrorists under the law.
Finally today, Victoria Bekiempis at The Guardian reports that aspiring TV producer Jack Pluggi has filed a lawsuit against various companies involved with the reality show FBoy Island, claiming that the show uses ideas he pitched without his permission.
According to Pluggi, he came up with the idea for a reality show named Instafamous, which would have been a dating show dealing with the issues of internet fame. He claims to have pitched the idea to several producers, who then took the concept to HBO to create the reality series FBoy Island.
According to the lawsuit, the producers involved have committed copyright infringement, breach of contract and unjust enrichment. He further alleges that a second HBO, a documentary entitled Fake Famous, was also from his ideas and created without his permission.