Indiana Copyright Litigation: Court Allows Copyright Plaintiff to Add New Defendants

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Indianapolis, Indiana – Acting as his own Indiana copyright lawyer, Larry G. Philpot of Indianapolis, Indiana, filed a motion to amend his complaint in the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division in his ongoing intellectual property litigation against Mansion America, LLC and Oak Ridge Boys Theater of Branson, Missouri.

This lawsuit, which was filed in August 2014, alleges that Defendants Mansion America, LLC and Oak Ridge Boys Theater infringed the copyright of a photo that Plaintiff Philpot took of Willie Nelson during a 2009 performance in St. Louis, Missouri. A copyright to the photograph, Certificate Number VAu 1-132-411, was issued by the U.S. Copyright Office in 2012.

Mansion America filed a motion to dismiss the copyright litigation. The court granted Philpot leave to conduct limited discovery to assist him in responding to that motion. Plaintiff Philpot now indicates to the court that the discovery provided him with additional information, including the identities of additional parties who had been before been unknown to him. Philpot consequently asked the court for leave to amend his complaint.

The court noted that that, while the time for amending the complaint as a matter of right had elapsed, it was still within the court’s discretion to allow the amendment and that, under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the court should “freely give leave when justice so requires.” Finding that there had been “no undue delay, bad faith, dilatory motive, undue prejudice, or futility of amendment,” and that Philpot had “diligently pursued discovery and prosecuted his case,” the court found that justice required that leave be granted to Philpot to amend his complaint.

The case was assigned to Judge Tanya W. Pratt and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division and assigned Case No. 1:14-cv-01357-TWP-DML.

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