Irwin IP’s lawyers have a long history of success in copyright infringement matters, and their experience involves a diverse range of media. Perhaps the best evidence of Irwin IP’s expertise in copyright infringement matters is the fact that when a premier intellectual property law firm was sued for copyright infringement, it reached out to Irwin IP founder Barry Irwin to handle its defense. Long-time client, Massarelli’s Lawn Ornaments, a leader in the lawn and garden statuary sector, continues to rely upon Irwin IP to protect its valuable designs, and to defend it in copyright matters. Irwin IP is proud to have been retained for, and successful in, several copyright infringement matters. For example, Irwin IP was (or is):

  • Lead counsel for recording artist against The Orchard in hotly contested matter for unauthorized distribution of recordings, resulting in favorable settlement;

  • Lead counsel in several music sampling matters for well-known recording artists, which all favorably settled;

  • Lead counsel for the author of a frequently-cited medical article in a plagiarism suit, which favorably settled;

  • Lead counsel for numerous photographers in cases involving unauthorized use of their photographs, which all favorably settled, including a case involving a famous photograph of a celebrity where a favorable judgment and reasonable attorney fees were awarded;

  • Lead counsel for the sculptor in a case involving the unauthorized copying of the famous Chicago DuSable statue, which favorably settled; and

  • Lead counsel in a hotly contested copyright infringement matter involving several copyrighted lawn and garden statues.

Representative matters for Irwin IP, or its lawyers, include:

Ameriprise v. Oppenheimer. Lead counsel for Ameriprise in a copyright infringement matter relating to personal financial management pamphlet wherein a permanent injunction against continued distribution of the infringing work was obtained.

Crider v. Alan Rado. Lead counsel for plaintiff obtaining consent judgment and permanent injunction preventing unauthorized use of a television commercial.

Kahns v. Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Lead counsel for plaintiff in a copyright infringement matter relating to unauthorized use of photography obtaining damages and an agreement to cease and desist.

Massarelli’s Lawn Ornaments, Inc. v. Continental Studios, Inc. Lead counsel for leading provider of concrete statuary against entity accused of infringing the copyrights of multiple works. Successfully obtained favorable settlement with sculptor and major distributor accused of distributing infringing works.

Mata v. Orchard Enterprises and International Managing Rights. Lead counsel for Patrick Mata of Kommunity FK in offensive copyright infringement suit against record label and music distributor for copyright infringement based on unauthorized reproduction and distribution of several compositions and sound recordings from Kommunity FK’s album “The Vision and The Voice,” which suit was amicably resolved.

Novoseletsky v. Our Film Festival, Inc. d/b/a Fandor. Lead counsel for photographer Michael Novoseletsky in an offensive copyright infringement matter against a media company that used his copyrighted photograph without permission, culminating in a favorable judgment and an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Dr. Shira Miller v. Dr. Thomas Rohde. Lead counsel for Dr. Miller in a matter asserting plagiarism of Dr. Miller’s frequently cited medical article by Dr. Rohde obtaining damages and an agreement to destroy all copies of the offending article.

Wiley v. McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff. Lead counsel for MBHB in successful copyright infringement defense, leading to recovery of attorneys’ fees.

Zimnicki. Lead counsel for Zimnicki in several copyright infringement matters relating to decorative Christmas light displays resulting in numerous settlements totaling over seven figures.