Over the course of several issues of Kattison Avenue, we have been reporting on the increase in litigation commenced by artists against retailers — clothing brands, automotive brands, and food and beverage chains — for the alleged copying of their distinctive artwork in fashion designs and marketing campaigns. So-called “street artists” — many of whom started out illegally “tagging” subway cars, bridges and overpasses but have since acquired a level of legitimacy — are largely responsible for this recent trend. More often than not, their lawsuits have asserted claims of copyright infringement, either because their works were incorporated into the
The Jesus and Mary Chain are suing Warner Music Group (WMG) for copyright infringement and declaratory relief. The lawsuit, brought forth by bandleaders and brothers Jim and William Reid, was filed today (June 14) in a California federal court. In the lawsuit, viewed by Pitchfork, the Reids and their attorney argue that WMG has refused to terminate its copyright ownership of the band’s early work, namely the iconic debut Psychocandy. The Reids are asking for at least $2.5 million in damages.
The Reids and their attorney build their argument around Section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976.
The National Music Publishers’ Association has sued the popular gaming platform Roblox for copyright infringement on behalf of several music publishers in a lawsuit seeking $200 million in damages.
The Association alleges that Roblox “actively encourages” its players to utilize music from artists like Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and others without paying appropriate licensing fees.
“That Roblox’s platform has become a repository for sharing unlicensed commercial music is no accident,” according to the lawsuit. “Roblox actively encourages its users to upload and share popular music to make the games on its platform more appealing and attractive to its