Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Richard N. Bell v. Diversified Vehicle Services et al

INDY SKYLINEThe Plaintiff in this copyright lawsuit is an attorney and professional photographer living in McCordsville, Indiana. In 2000, Plaintiff took two photographs of the downtown Indianapolis skyline from a location on the Canal near the USS Indianapolis Memorial. Both of Plaintiff’s photographs were duly registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and posted on the Internet in August 2000. All of the various defendants have allegedly utilized Plaintiff’s photographs on their respective websites without permission.

Website owners, you should immediately check your websites to determine whether you know the source of EVERY photograph. Unless you’re certain that you have permission to use the photographs (or qualify for some exception to copyright infringement like fair use), remove/replace the photographs at once. These photograph copyright lawsuits have been occurring for far too long to continue to plead ignorance or innocent infringement. Take your own photographs, hire a photographer or license existing photographs. But don’t get caught in a lawsuit because you take the easy way out and grab an image from Google.

Whatever you do, definitely don’t use Plaintiff’s photographs…he has a long history of litigation to enforce his copyrights:

Richard N. Bell v. Mark Arruda

Bell v. Indy Cleaning Pros

Richard N. Bell v. Greg Bayers LLC et al.

Richard N. Bell v. Jerry Gordon et al.

Richard Bell v. Cameron Taylor et al.

Richard N. Bell v. Diversified Vehicle Services et al

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00525
File Date: Monday, April 07, 2014
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell – Pro Se
Defendant: Diversified Vehicle Services, Cameron Taylor, Taylor Computer Solutions, Rhonda Williams, Forensic Solutions Inc., Heath Garrett, Crestacom Inc., American Traveler Service Corp. LLC, Mike Cowper, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Easystreet Realty Indianapolis, Drohan Management, Metal Markets, Mattison Corporation, Industrial Heating Equipment Association, Junk Dawgs, Kimberly Hinds
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition, Theft
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Master Cutlery v. Pacific Solution Marketing

Master Cutlery, Inc. v. Pacific Solution Marketing, Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00819-JMS-DML
File Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Plaintiff: Master Cutlery, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour Attorney at Law
Defendant: Pacific Solution Marketing, Inc.
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Copyright Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising, Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Copyright Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Theft, Counterfeiting
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Richard N. Bell v. Mark Arruda

Richard N. Bell v. Mark Arruda et al

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00800-TWP-DKL
File Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Cameron Tayler, Taylor Computer Systems, Insurance Concepts, Fred O’Brien, Indy Cleaning Pros, James Allen, Karen Allen, ForeclosureWarehouse.com, Inc., Shanna Cheatam, AILS, MAXXCLEAN LLC, HomeRoute, Infored Media, LLC, Redouane Chioua, American Auto Transport, National Communications Company, LLC, AboNet, Cities Online, Shelly Rupel, Ben McCann, Neil Cox, Mark Arruda
Cause: Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition, Theft
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Saeilo Enterprises v. ESCO Imports of Texas

Saeilo Enterprises Inc. v. ESCO Imports of Texas Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00365-JMS-MJD
File Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Plaintiff: Saeilo Enterprises Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour, Jeremiah Pastrick of Continental Enterprises
Defendant: ESCO Imports of Texas Inc.
Cause: Notice of Removal, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising, Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Theft, Counterfeiting, State Trademark Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Richard N. Bell v. Jerry Gordon et al.

Richard N. Bell v. JERRY GORDON et al

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00035-TWP-DKL
File Date: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: JERRY GORDONDEMAND MEDIA, INC.ROYAL CORNICHE TRAVEL LTD.BRYCE WELKEREXPERIENCE CREDIT UNIONS, LLCJACLOTHING.COMGLACIER INTERNATIONALABNHOTELS.COM1&1 INTERNET, INC.CONDE NAST DIGITALFLIXSTER INCFINANCING-USA.COMSODAHEAD, INC.NUMEDIA MARKETING, INC.JYNELL BERKSHIRETSVETAN PETROVLOS PENTECOSTALES DEL AREA DE LA BAHIA10BEST, INC.KEYES OUTDOOR ADVERTISINGZOOM COMMUNICATIONS INC.CHRISTINE NEVOGTZARZAR, INC.HYDRO-GEARTAM T DANGLON DUNNTRUSTEE WILLIAM MCLAWSNATL-ELECTRONIC RESIDENTIAL PAYMT HISTORY RECORDING AGENCYCVICONSTANT CONTACT, INC.CHARLES LANTZ, SCHUMACHER CARGO LOGISTICSEVENTBRITE, INC.CELEBRITY ENTERTAINMENT CORPASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERSYARDI SYSTEMS INCDIAMONDINDYLIMO.COMMARCELO SANTOSNATIONAL RURAL RECRUITMENT & RETENTION NETWORKANBRITT STENGELEPINNACLE SPORTS EQUIPMENT, INC.MARYGROVE COLLEGERUNANYCITY.COM, BUZZLE.COM, INC., CHARLES ONUSKAUNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLISPERSEPHONEMAGAZINE.COM
Cause: Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition, Theft
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Richard N. Bell v. Greg Bayers LLC et al.

Richard N. Bell v. Greg Bayers LLC et al

Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00012-TWP-DKL
File Date: Friday, January 04, 2013
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Greg Bayers LLCLeppart AssociatesCrazy-Frankenstein.comHometown RentalsFrank KirchnerBrent BythewoodPixmule.comInternMatchTeam ChampionElectraProductsAlex Bruni, Mark Groff, Greatimes Family Fun ParkPeter BrzyckiTom KellyRelociti.netGerberbabycontest.netMerchantcircle Inc., Amber RussellWSBT Inc., Delia AskewIntercontinental IndustriesThe Friedman Foundation for Educational ChoiceLinen Finder Inc., Radio One of Indiana
Cause: Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition, Theft
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Saeilo Enterprises v. Scottwerx

Saeilo Enterprises Inc. v. Scottwerx, LLC

Manufacturing company, Saeilo Enterprises, formed the Kahr Arms division in 1994. In 1999, Kahr Arms bought Auto-Ordnance, including the “Tommy Gun” trademark.

Ruger 10/22 Tommy Gun

In June, Saeilo filed a trademark complaint in Hamilton County Superior Court against New York company, Scottwerx.  The complaint claims jurisdiction in Hamilton County “because a substantial part of the events giving rise to the claims alleged herein arose in Hamilton County, Indiana”.

Citing the numerous federal allegations in the original complaint, defendant Scottwerx has filed a Notice of Removal asking the case be moved to Federal court.

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-00993-TWP-DML
File Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Plaintiff: Saeilo Enterprises Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Darlene R. Seymour – Attorney at Law
Defendant: Scottwerx, LLC
Cause: Notice of Removal – Fed. Question: Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising, Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Conversion, Forgery, Counterfeiting, Theft, State Trademark Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Notice of Removal

Exhibit A: Original Complaint

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Richard Bell v. Cameron Taylor et al.

Richard N. Bell v. Cameron Taylor et al

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-00766-TWP-DKL
File Date: Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Cameron TaylorTaylor Computer SolutionsEvent Premium TicketsInsurance Concepts, Fred O’Brien, Premium Sport Tours Pty. Ltd.ForeclosureWarehouse.com Inc.The Fixx Hair Studio
Cause:  Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition, Theft
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Bell v. Indy Cleaning Pros

Richard N. Bell v. Indy Cleaning Pros et al

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-00765-TWP-DKL
File Date: Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Indy Cleaning Pros, James Allen, Karen Allen
Cause: Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition, Theft
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Saeilo Enterprises v. Buzz Bee Toys

Saeilo Enterprises Inc. v. Buzz Bee Toys Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:11-cv-00751-TWP-MJD
File Date: Friday, June 03, 2011
Plaintiff: Saeilo Enterprises Inc.
Defendant: Buzz Bee Toys Inc.
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution, False Designation of Origin or Sponsorship, False Advertising and Trade Dress Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Conversion, Forgery, Counterfeiting, Theft, State Trademark Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore