Indiana Copyright Litigation: Copyright Attorney Shifts to Alleging Infringement of Different Photo

Indianapolis, Indiana – Copyright attorney and Plaintiff Richard Bell of McCordsville, Indiana filed a new group of lawsuits in the Southern District of Indiana asserting infringement of a copyrighted photo.

The photo in question in these latest lawsuits, Bell’s “Indianapolis Nighttime Photo,” was registered on August 4, 2011 with the U.S. Copyright Office under Registration No. VA0001785115. In most of Bell’s prior litigation asserting infringement of his copyrighted photos (see “Practice Tip” below), only his “Indianapolis Photo,” taken during the daytime, has been at issue.

Three new Defendants are the subjects of these copyright lawsuits: Dave Tipton of Indianapolis, Indiana, Keith Buckley of Fishers, Indiana and A Place for Mom, Inc. of Everett, Washington. Bell contends that each Defendant “downloaded or took the Indianapolis Nighttime Photo from the internet without permission from the owner, Richard N. Bell and copied on to [sic] a webserver controlled by the Defendant” and, in so doing, committed copyright infringement.

Each of the lawsuits lists a count of “Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition.” Bell seeks injunctive relief along with statutory damages, costs and attorneys’ fees.

Practice Tip: We have blogged about Bell’s copyright lawsuits numerous times in the past. See:

Attorney/Plaintiff Accuses Wisconsin Analytics Firm of Copyright Infringement
Bell Names Aramark in Latest Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Attorney/Photographer Sues North Carolina Hotel Operator
Attorney/Plaintiff Bell Files Three New Lawsuits Over Photo of Indianapolis Skyline
Eight New Infringement Lawsuits Filed by Attorney/Plaintiff
Attorney/Photographer Files Two New Infringement Lawsuits
Lawsuit by Frequent Copyright Litigant Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction
District Court Terminates Copyright Suit Over Photo; Plaintiff Appeals
Remaining Copyright Defendants in Bell Lawsuit to be Dismissed
Attorney/Photographer Sues Georgia Real Estate Company for Infringing Copyrighted Photo
Sovereign Immunity May Take a Toll on Bell’s Latest Copyright Lawsuit
Appellate Court Dismisses Copyright Appeal as Premature
Bell Rings in the Holiday Weekend with a New Copyright Lawsuit
Bell Files New Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Bell Sues Georgia-Based 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 Tipton litigation was assigned to Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:16-cv-02436-JMS-DML.


The Buckley litigation was assigned to Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:16-cv-02434-TWP-DKL.



The litigation against A Place for Mom was assigned to Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:16-cv-02451-SEB-DML.



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