Indiana Copyright Litigation: Indianapolis Real Estate Agent Sued for Infringing Copyright of Photo

Indianapolis, Indiana – Plaintiff Richard Bell of McCordsville, Indiana sued in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Defendant Cindy Cherf of Carmel, Indiana committed copyright infringement.

Cherf, an Indiana real estate agent, is accused of publishing an unlicensed copy of Bell’s copyrighted “Indianapolis Nighttime Photo.” Bell, who is both a copyright attorney and a professional photographer, registered the photo in 2011 with the U.S. Copyright Office under Registration No. VA0001785115.

This lawsuit contends that the publication of the photo constitutes both copyright infringement and unfair competition. Bell also claims that Cherf disparaged him by falsely claiming that she owned the copyrights of all images on the website, including his photo.

Stating that the infringement was willful, Bell asks the federal court for the maximum statutory damages along with injunctive relief, costs and attorneys’ fees.

Practice Tip: Bell has filed numerous lawsuits in Indiana federal courts alleging copyright infringement. See:

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The case was assigned to District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:16-cv-02571-TWP-DML.


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