Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Leeway Media Group v. Laurence Joachim

Check out Bruce Lee’s first Hollywood screen test from 1965. Approximately 91 seconds of the over eight minute long video was used in the documentary, I Am Bruce Lee, which aired on Spike TV in February 2012. That July, Laurence Joachim contacted Leeway (which represents the deceased kung-fu star’s interests) and claimed to own the copyright to the screen test. Leeway has received a 1974 copyright registration but no evidence to the chain of title between the filming (1965) and the registration (1974). Mr. Joachim’s counsel, apparently, announced intentions to proceed with litigation unless Leeway paid a six figure settlement. “The demands and threats… have created and actual justiciable claim or controversy such that declaratory relief represents the appropriate remedy.”

Leeway wants the Court to declare both that Mr. Joachim has no copyright in the screen test and that Leeway has not infringed on any of Mr. Joachim’s rights. Stay tuned for updates.

Leeway Media Group LLC v. Laurence Joachim et al

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00822-JMS-TAB
File Date: Monday, May 20, 2013
Plaintiff: Leeway Media Group LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Theodore J. Minch of Sovich Minch LLP
Defendant: Laurence Joachim, Trans-National Film Corporation
Cause: Declaration of No Valid Copyright, Declaration of No Standing, Declaration of No Copyright Infringement, Declaration of No Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Australian Gold v. Niche Beauty

Australian Gold LLC v. Niche Beauty LLC

Court Case Number: 1:12-cv-01744-WTL-DML
File Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Plaintiff: Australian Gold LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Charles J. Meyer of Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP
Defendant: Niche Beauty LLC
Cause: Declaratory Judgment of No Infringement of Defendant’s Trademark, Declaratory Judgment of No Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge William T. Lawrence
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Australian Gold v. Ruelala

Australian Gold LLC v. Ruelala Inc.

Court Case Number:    1:12-cv-00374-SEB-DML
File Date:    Friday, March 23, 2012
Plaintiff:     Australian Gold LLC
Plaintiff Counsel:     Charles J. Meyer of Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP
Defendant:     Ruelala Inc.
Cause:   Declaratory Judgment of No Infringement of Defendant’s Trademark, Declaratory Judgment of No Unfair Uncompetition
Court:    Southern District of Indiana
Judge:     Judge Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch