Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – National Photo Group v. Federated Media et al

This litigation involves the unauthorized use of celebrity photographs on a Fort Wayne country radio station’s website.

K105 Pictures

The lawsuit should serve as a reminder/warning to everyone operating a commercial website to only use photographs that:

  1. You own; or
  2. You have permission to use; or
  3. Are in the public domain.

This means going back through old pages and posts and removing/replacing unauthorized images. Failure to do this can result in expensive copyright litigation. If you have any questions about the photographs on your site, err on the side of caution and remove them until you’re able to properly determine ownership.

National Photo Group LLC v. Federated Media Inc. et al

Court Case Number: 3:13-cv-01405-PPS-CAN
File Date: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Plaintiff: National Photo Group LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Craig B. Sanders of Sanders Law PLLC
Defendant: Federated Media Inc., WQHK-FM
Cause: Direct Copyright Infringement, Contributory Copyright Infringement, Vicarious Copyright Infringement, Inducement of Copyright Infringement, Injunction, Attorney Fees and Costs
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Robert Payne v. Northern Tool & Equipment Company

Robert Payne v. Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc. et al

Court Case Number: 2:13-cv-00109-JD-APR
File Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Plaintiff: Robert Payne
Plaintiff Counsel: Edward R. Hall of Law Office of Edward Hall
Defendant: Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc., Northern Tool & Equipment Catalog Company
Cause: Trademark Infringement False Description of Origin, Palming Off and False Advertising; Unfair Competition by Infringement of Common Law Rights; Breach of Contract; Injunction
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jon E DeGuilio
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Andrew P Rodovich