Heartland Recreational Vehicles Sued by Forest River Housing for Copyright Infringement


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.

This case has been assigned to Judge Theresa Springmannand Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterleinin the Northern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 3:2010-cv-00011.

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


Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Northern District Court

Type:Intellectual Property > Copyright

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