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Ajay Devgan’s ‘Thank God’ Faces Backlash Over Religious Concerns
A Uttar Pradesh-based lawyer recently filed a lawsuit against Indra Kumar, the director of the ‘Thank God’ movie, and actors Ajay Devgan and Siddharth Malhotra, saying the upcoming film is likely to hurt religious feelings. The lawsuit was filed after the film’s trailer depicted Ajay Devgan portraying the Hindu deity Chitragupta and allegedly using foul and objectionable language.
Randy Orton to testify in copyright infringement lawsuit against WWE and 2K Sports
In the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by tattoo artist Catherine Alexander, against the creators of the “WWE 2K” video game, internationally acclaimed wrestler Randy Orton is set to appear as a witness in the lawsuit in the United States District Court. United for the Southern District of Illinois on September 26, 2022. The lawsuit was originally filed by Alexander alleging that the defendants failed to obtain the required permissions to display the tattoos she drew on Orton , in the avatar of the wrestler in the popular 2018 video game WWE 2K. The decision in this case is likely to have a significant impact on the rights of tattoo artists to digital representations of their works.
The best-selling author is suing Warner Bros. and Fox in infringement
The author of the bestselling book “I Hunt Killers”, Barry Lyga, has sued prominent media houses Warner Brothers Television and Fox Broadcasting, for allegedly stealing and misappropriating ideas from the book. Lyga also said that Warner Bros. opted for his book before it was published, then three years later refused to pursue the arrangement. A year after the author registered the copyright on the book, he noticed that the “Prodigal Son” series had been published by Warner Bros. and Fox, who allegedly stole the book’s premise, motif and characters, sequence of events, and several other elements.
Louis Vuitton sued by designer for copyright infringement
Paula Hian, an internationally renowned designer, sued Luis Vuitton for allegedly stealing some of her designs. In 2020, Hian had interacted with brand executives, but the parties were unable to reach an agreement. Some time later, the designer found her designs on several garments from the fashion giant. The designer has now accused Louis Vuitton of copyright infringement, saying there is substantial similarity between the designs she created and those used by Louis Vuitton.
Written and compiled by Varun Gopala Krishnan (Partner, BananaIP Counsels) and Tanmaya Purohit (Intern, BananaIP Counsels)
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