South Bend, Indiana – Copyright lawyers for Forest River Housing, Inc. of Elkhart, IN, filed a lawsuit alleging Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC , also of Elkhart, infringed the copyrighted work RP-176 FLOORPLAN.
The plaintiff manufactures and sells recreational vehicles to dealers; its asserted work is a travel trailer floor plan, for which an application to register the copyright has been filed with the U.S. Copyright Office. The defendant is a direct competitor alleged to have obtained a copy of the floor plan at issue, incorporated it into their own advertising, and created derivative floor plans based on the plaintiff’s copyrighted plan.
Practice Tip: Under copyright law, a derivative work is work, such as a translation or motion picture version, based upon one or more preexisting works; one of the rights provided by a copyright is the exclusive right to prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work.Complaint – Forest v. Heartland
Further information about this case is as follows:
Filed: January 7, 2010 as 3:2010cv00011 Updated: November 13, 2010 03:22:30
Plaintiff: Forest River Housing Inc
Defendant: Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC
Presiding Judge:Judge Theresa L Springmann
Referring Judge:Magistrate Judge Christopher A Nuechterlein
Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement