Here’s more support for a copyright small claims court. Indianapolis-based Mexican restaurant La Jalisco is being sued for copyright infringement and piracy after allegedly showing (without authorization, obviously) a Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding boxing match in their west-side restaurant on December 15, 2018.
For non-boxing fans, Alvarez is currently ESPN.com’s #1 “Pound-for-Pound” boxer (for comparison, the legendary “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury ranks #5). So, while 3 years ago, it was a big Saturday night fight.
Consider what a restaurant has to pay to properly show a fight. A few hundred dollars at most, probably closer to one hundred, and definitely less than the $600 filing fee for a federal lawsuit. Certainly less than the $150,000 statutory damages sought by the plaintiff. The Complaint (below) doesn’t reference any settlement communications between the parties, but you have to think that the defendants were given an opportunity to settle by paying a reasonable license fee at one point.
On the other hand, if La Jalisco didn’t show the fight, they didn’t show the fight. There are usually two sides to every story, so stay tuned for the Defendants’ response.
Innovative Sports Management Inc. v. La Jalisco LLP
Case Number: 1:21-cv-03040-TWP-MG
File Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Plaintiff: Innovative Sports Management Inc., d/b/a Integrated Sports Media
Plaintiff Counsel: Ryan R. Janis of Jekielek & Janis LLP
Defendant: La Jalisco LLP d/b/a Taqueria Jalisco a/k/a Jalisco Restaurant Bar, Joan Brito, Victoria A. Morales
Cause: Satellite and Cable Piracy, Copyright Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Mario Garcia