Indiana Copyright Litigation: Vintage Aviation Publications, LLC Sued for Alleged Copyright Infringement

Indianapolis, Indiana – Attorneys for Plaintiff Matthew Sager of Millsboro, Delaware filed suit in the Northern District of Indiana alleging that Defendant, Vintage Aviation Publications, LLC of Huntington, Indiana, infringed its rights to the US Copyright Office Registration No. VA 2-122-899 titled “10022017SeaHarrier-100” and “10022017SeaHarrier-209”. Plaintiff is seeking damages, costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees, pre-judgment interest, and any other relief as the Court deems just and proper.

Sager, a professional photographer, took photographs of fighter jets. He later published the photographs on his website and registered them with the US Copyright Office. Sager alleges that on or about August 1, 2018, the Defendant ran an article in its July/August issue of its digest on its website and in print, that prominently featuring Sager’s registered photographs. Both the online version and print version were available for sale on the Defendant’s website.

As the Defendant did not license, or otherwise gain authorization to use the photographs from Sager, he is claiming copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §§ 106 and 501. Sager is also claiming that the Defendant cropped the watermark off his photographs in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 1202(b). For the intentional removal of his copyright management information, Sager is seeking statutory damages in a sum of at least $2,500 up to $25,000 per violation pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 1203(c)(3).

The case was assigned to Chief Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann and Magistrage Judge Susan L. Collins in the Northern District and assigned Case 1:18-cv-00394-TLS-SLC.


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