Doniger / Burroughs Wins Motion to Dismiss Claims Against Filmmaker

Venice, CA – Sharp Electronics obtained an image of artist Mad Steez and one of his iconic paintings and used that image to market and sell its flat screen televisions. When Sharp Electronics was sued for this unlawful use, it claimed that it obtained the image from a film submitted in connection with a contest held by Sharp. In making this claim, it filed a lawsuit against the filmmaker that submitted the project, claiming breach of contract, among other things. On December 17, 2015, the Court granted Doniger / Burroughs’s motion to dismiss these claims.

The filmmaker is represented by Scott Alan Burroughs and David R. Shein at Doniger / Burroughs. For more information, call Grace Garcia at (310) 590-1820.

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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.

    The firm is committed to representing artists and content creators, and enforcing intellectual property rights. It has litigated successfully against many of the nation’s largest retailers, film and television studios, web sites, and news organizations. Its partners speak and write often on art and copyright law issues, and devote significant time and resources to ensuring a level playing field for those responsible for the creation of art and content.