Indiana Copyright Litigation: Bell Rings in the Holiday Weekend with a New Copyright Lawsuit

Indianapolis, Indiana – Indiana copyright lawyer and professional photographer Richard Bell of McCordsville, Indiana filed a federal intellectual property lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana. He alleges copyright infringement by Randolph Ventures, LLC of Peoria, Illinois. At issue is a copyrighted photo of the Indianapolis skyline taken by Bell that has been registered by the U.S. Copyright Office.

In 2000, Plaintiff Bell photographed the downtown Indianapolis skyline. Bell indicates in this Indiana complaint that the photo has been registered by the U.S. Copyright Office as Registration Number VA0001785115.

In this Indiana lawsuit for copyright infringement, Bell asserts that Defendant Randolph Ventures used Bell’s copyrighted image without permission when it displayed the photo to advertise its business on the Internet at Bell claims that the limited liability company that he sued “willfully and recklessly falsely claimed that he owned the copyrights of all images and photos” contained on that website, including Bell’s photo of Indianapolis. Bell asserts that Defendant has thus profited from the use of the copyrighted photo.

In this single-defendant lawsuit, Bell contends that “as a direct and proximate result of their wrongful conduct, Defendants have [sic] realized and continue to realize profits and other benefits rightfully belonging to Plaintiff.” The acts in question are alleged to have been committed willfully and deliberately and with oppression, fraud, and malice.

In this federal complaint, which copyright attorney Bell filed on his own behalf, counts of copyright infringement and unfair competition are asserted. Bell asks for an accounting of all gains, profits and advantages derived by Defendant Randolph Ventures as a result of the alleged infringement and for statutory and/or actual damages. He also seeks reimbursement of costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Practice Tip: Richard Bell has sued hundreds of defendants for copyright infringement in the Indiana federal courts. Previous blog posts regarding his litigation include:

Bell Files New Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Bell Sues Georgia-Base for Copyright Infringement
Richard Bell Files Two New Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
Court Prevents Copyright Plaintiff Bell from Outmaneuvering Legal System; Orders Bell to Pay Almost $34,000 in Fees and Costs
Three Default Judgments of $2,500 Ordered for Copyright Infringement
Court Orders Severance of Misjoined Copyright Infringement Complaint

Richard Bell Files Another Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

The case was assigned to Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:15-cv-01037-SEB-TAB.


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