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Doniger / Burroughs Files Civil Action against Sharp Electronics on behalf of Artist Madsteez

Venice, CA – Sharp Electronics wanted to add some artistic appeal and creative credibility to its line of flat screen televisions. Instead of hiring an artist to create for it an original work, or licensing an existing work, Sharp simply stole the artwork of Madsteez, a well known Southern California creative. Not content to lift only his art, Sharp also included a picture of Madsteez himself in Sharp’s advertising and merchandise displays. Madsteez’s complaint alleges copyright infringement, misappropriation of likeness, violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act, and related claims. The case is currently pending in Orange County.

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    Doniger / Burroughs is California’s premier fashion, art, entertainment, and technology law boutique. The firm has resolved more than 1,000 disputes over the almost 20 years it has been in existence, and has represented all manner of individuals and businesses in the creative industries. Its lawyers have extensive state and federal court experience, and hail from well-regarded law schools. The firm has been on the forefront of cutting-edge copyright law, appearing often before judges, juries, and the Courts of Appeal. It has tried more copyright infringement cases than virtually any other firm over the last 5-10 years, and has obtained for its clients numerous six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements.

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