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Why Media Companies Should Screen the Backgrounds of Copyright Infringement Claimants

In an article published in the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) on September 25, 2017, it was reported that a copyright infringement claim made against Curtis Jackson (a.k.a. 50 Cent) and Starz[1] was recently dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge because the claimant, “…had not met the pleading burden of showing “ ‘more than a bare possibility that defendants had access…’ ” to the claimant’s manuscript.

As an private investigation firm, we, of course, cannot speak to the merits of any particular copyright infringement claim, but there are two common themes that come up time and time again whenever we are called in by a media-defendant to look into the claimant’s background: 1) The claimant has no significant production credits, and, 2) The claimant is broke.

Of course, being broke and having no significant production credits (at the time of the claim) does not automatically discredit one’s claim, but for media companies—often faced with having to defend itself against disingenuous claims—it could shed some light on what is truly motivating the claimant.

[1] Judge Dismisses Copyright Suit Against 50 Cent

http://www.worldipreview.com/news/judge-dismisses-copyright-suit-against-50-cent-14646?utm_source=World+IP+Review&utm_campaign=93cc4f7c59-WIPR_Digital_Newsletter_15_09_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d76dcadc01-93cc4f7c59-27497777

 

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Ron Alvarez is a licensed private investigator and IP investigations specialist in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art cases. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has published a number of articles on various topics for PI Magazine. Ron is licensed in New York State.

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