Indiana Copyright Litigation: Illinois Photographer Sues Indiana Company Over Unauthorized Use of Photograph

Indianapolis, Indiana – Attorney for Plaintiff, Linda Matlow of Chicago, Illinois filed suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Defendant, Rodgers Broadcasting Corp. of Richmond, Indiana, infringed its rights to the “Parr Photo” registered on December 7, 2011 with the U.S. Copyright Office, Registration Number VAu 1-085-861. Plaintiff is seeking actual and/or statutory damages, costs, attorney’s fees, an injunction, and any other relief as is just and proper.

Plaintiff’s Attorney, Bell, has filed many lawsuits on his own behalf asserting copyright infringement in Indiana federal courts. Bell has been unsuccessful as a plaintiff in many of his own infringement cases and has been ordered to pay the Defendant’s fees as a result. See:

According to the complaint, the Plaintiff took the photograph in question in the 1980’s and proceeded to register the photograph with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2011. Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant infringed on her copyright when its subsidiary KMIX 106.9 published the photograph on their Twitter account in 2017.

In addition to alleging copyright infringement, the Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant allowed third parties to copy the photograph from their Twitter account. Therefore, the Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant is vicariously liable for every instance that the photograph was downloaded from their account by a third party. Plaintiff is further seeking damages for all profits resulting from the third-party downloads.

The case was assigned to Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson and Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore in the Southern District and assigned Case 1:18-cv-01782-JMS-MJD.

Matlow vs. Rodgers Complaint.

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