If you own a blog or website, chances are you have received an email or letter from a law firm or photo agency demanding payment for a copyrighted photo you posted years ago and long since forgotten about.
These emails/letters are being sent en masse by a new breed of online predator known as the “Copyright Troll.” Copyright Trolls extort money from bloggers and website owners by threatening legal action if you do not “settle” their copyright violation claims.
Thanks to a loophole in the copyright law, shady law firms and photo agencies are going after bloggers with demands for payments of $3,000 to $4,000 per image to make their problems go away.
The law firms and photo agencies usually go after small website owners and bloggers who will quickly pay their extortion demands without fighting back.
R&B singer Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit to protect his single “Blurred Lines” from Marvin Gaye’s family and Funkadelic’s copyrights owners, reports the NY Post. Music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The Funkadelic’s rights owners claim there are similarities between “Blurred Lines” and a song they own the rights to.
Gaye’s family say “Blurred Lines” borrows heavily from Marvin’s hit single “Got to Give it Up.”
Troubled singer Rihanna may have had a change of heart and decided not to sue British clothier Topshop over their unauthorized use of her likeness on a tank top.
According to The Sun Daily, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against Topshop after months of negotiations failed last year. Rihanna was upset that Topshop sold oversized tank tops bearing her image without her consent.
In reality, Rihanna was probably more unhappy about the unflattering image that Topshop used.
Songbird Alicia Keys was all smiles as she stepped out for some shopping in SoHo in New York City on Wednesday. Keys, 31, looked sharp in black leather biker jacket, a pair of skinny black jeans and white wedge sneakers. Her single “Girl On Fire” is the subject of a lawsuit. A songwriter claims Keys stole elements of a song he wrote in 1962. Maybe Keys thought no one would notice the similarities between her single and a song written before she was born?
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