This lawsuit caught everyone off guard I am sure and this is what is going down in the comedy land of entertainment. This intellectual property lawsuit does not have folks laughing . Author and nationally syndicated broadcast personality Michael Baisden is headed to court over a copyright-infringement lawsuit.
A trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed by best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden. The lawsuit alleges that Defendants I’m Ready Productions, Inc., Image Entertainment, Inc., ALW Entertainment, Inc., Je’Caryous Johnson and Gary Guidry conspired to tour a stage-play without Baisden’s permission and sold DVD’s based on Baisden’s best-selling novels, The Maintenance Man and Men Cry in the Dark, in violation of the Federal copyright laws.
The trial began on Monday and Baisden is currently seeking damages and is requesting that distribution of the images stop immediately.
Celebrity Rihanna is being hit in the pocket by photographer David LaChapelle , her record label and a video director claiming his copyrighted images are the basis for her controversial new video, “S&M” and they were used without his permission.
LaChapelle, who has shot celebrities for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ and Vanity Fair, said “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.” Rihanna, 22, has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and dominated music charts in the U.S. with singles such as “Umbrella” and “What’s my name.” The single “S&M”, however, has fizzled on the charts, and the video has been banned in some countries for its sexual content. In the suit, LaChapelle said Rihanna had appropriated eight of his images into the video, such as a shot where she is shown in profile against a blue background with a piece of candy on her tongue. LaChapelle said Rihanna’s video copied the “composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting” of his work.
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