Fort Wayne, Indiana – Copyright lawyers for DEI Incorporated of Cincinnati, OH, have filed a lawsuit alleging First Bank of Berne of Berne, IN, and K4 Architecture LLC of Cincinnati, OH, have infringed a work titled FIRST BANK OF BERNE, JOB 511, SKETCHES, RENDERINGS, FLOOR PLANS, AND DRAWINGS, which has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Plaintiff alleges that it was engaged by the First Bank of Berne to design a new bank branch and, after providing the bank with three sets of schematic designs, was informed that it would not be utilized in plan finalization and construction of the branch. The complaint states that, subsequently, the bank retained K4 Architecture to perform additional architectural services and/or construct the branch, in the process copying all or a substantial part of plaintiff’s copyrighted designs and drawings. The plaintiff’s complaint also recites claims for breach of contract, unfair competition, and tortuous interference with a contract.
Practice Tip: Copyright protection attaches automatically once an original creative work is fixed on a “tangible medium” such as paper or on a computer disc, and infringement occurs when, without authorization, the work is reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed or performed, or a derivative work is prepared. Complaint – DEI v. First
Further information about this case is as follows:
Filed: April 6, 2010 as 1:2010cv00102 Updated: August 19, 2010 02:28:25
Last Document Filed: April 7, 2010
Plaintiff: DEI Incorporated
Defendants: First Bank of Berne and K4 Architecture LLC
Presiding Judge:Philip P Simon
Referring Judge:Roger B Cosbey
Cause Of Action: Copyright Infringement