Snapshot Showdown: Photographer’s Copyright Battle with Indiana Corporation, My Sauna World LLC

Prince William County, Viriginia – Plaintiff Morgan Howarth has filed suit against Fishers, Indiana Defendant, My Sauna World LLC.  Morgan Howarth, a professional photographer, accuses Sauna World LLC of infringement under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. for allegedly using his copyrighted photographs without permission or authorization.

The photograph in question is a master bathroom image that Howarth claims he created and registered with the United States Copyright Office in 2011. Despite his purported ownership and licensing rights, Howarth argues that My Sauna World LLC prominently featured the photograph on its own website as part of an online product listing, thereby infringing on Howarth’s copyright.Screenshot-2024-05-31-091009

Central to the case is the question of whether My Sauna World LLC’s actions constitute willful copyright infringement. Howarth argues that the defendant knowingly and intentionally violated his copyright by continuing to reproduce and display the photograph even after they were notified of the alleged infringement.

Howarth contends that the infringement has harmed his business interests by potentially diminishing the market for his copyrighted work. He seeks damages, including actual damages, disgorgement of profits attributable to the infringement, statutory damages, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees, as provided for under the Copyright Act.

The case has been assigned to District Judge Matthew P. Brookman and Magistrate Judge Kellie M. Barr in the U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana, and assigned Case No. 1:24-cv-00734-MPB-KMB.


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