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Edwards v. Vox Media, Inc.

Case Summary

On October 29, 2021, Harvey Edwards (“Plaintiff”), represented by Ian D. Roffma of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Vox Media, Inc. (“Vox Media” or “Defendant”), seeking permanent injunctive reliefs and damages along with costs and other reliefs for the Defendant’s alleged copyright infringement. This case was filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Massachusetts with Judge Denise J. Casper presiding

 

In the complaint, the Plaintiff alleged that, “Plaintiff Harvey Edwards is an acclaimed photographer. Among other things, he is well known for his series of ballet images, including a copyrighted work entitled “Hands,” which has been sold in poster form for about 40 years”. Plaintiff then alleged that, “Because of the popularity and beauty of Edwards’s iconic images, his posters, including “Hands,” have been used as set decoration in a variety of contexts including more than two hundred films, television shows, book jackets, print ads, commercials, and interior design projects. Edwards is entitled to and receives compensation when his work is used by others.”

 

The Plaintiff further alleged that, “Defendant Vox Media is a media company whose brand portfolio includes New York Magazine, Intelligencer, The Cut, Vulture, The Strategiest, Curbed, Grub Street, The Verge, Vox, SB Nation, Polygon, Eater, and Recode. Vox Media’s website, Curbed, used Edwards’s copyrighted work, “Hands,” without permission”. Plaintiff then alleged that, “Vox Media used, authorized, and approved the use of Edwards’s copyrighted image in a photograph published online and currently available to the public in a manner that is willful, unfair, and deceptive, and has continued to do so even after Edwards notified Vox Media of the unauthorized use.”

 

The Plaintiff also alleged that, “By the actions alleged above, Vox Media has infringed and will continue to infringe a copyright owned and controlled by Edwards by copying, distributing, and publishing certain copyrighted material”. Plaintiff then alleged that, “Vox Media has no license or any other form of permission to copy, duplicate, sell, distribute, or claim copyright ownership of “Hands,” or any portion or reproduction thereof.” The Plaintiff also alleged that, “Vox Media’s acts of infringement are willful pursuant to the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 504. Vox Media’s acts of infringement are in degradation of and injurious to Edwards’s exclusive rights as the owner and/or administrator of the copyright.”

 

The only claim for relief laid down by the Plaintiff is for alleged copyright infringement under 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq. 

 

In the prayer for relief, the Plaintiff requested the Court for declaratory reliefs and permanent injunctive reliefs along with damages, including statutory damages provided by the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq., and damages for his severe emotional distress; enter judgment in such amount; and award costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees in this action and any other relief the Court deems just and proper.

 

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Case Details

  • Case Number:

    1:21-CV-11773

  • Filing Date:

    10/29/2021

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Intellectual Property - Copyright

Judge Details

Presiding Judge

Denise J. Casper

 

Party Details

Plaintiff

Harvey Edwards

Defendant

Vox Media, Inc.

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

Ian D. Roffman

Attorney at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

155 Seaport Boulevard

Boston, MA 02210-2604

 

Court Documents

1 #1

Main Document

1 #1

Civil Cover Sheet

1 #2

Category Form

#2

(#2) REPORT on the filing/termination of copyright case . (Roffman, Ian) (Entered: 10/29/2021)

#4

(#4) Summons Issued as to Vox Media, Inc.. Counsel receiving this notice electronically should download this summons, complete one for each defendant and serve it in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 4 and LR 4.1. Summons will be mailed to plaintiff(s) not receiving notice electronically for completion of service. (Pacho, Arnold) (Entered: 11/01/2021)

#5

(#5) Judge Allison D. Burroughs: ORDER OF RECUSAL entered.(McManus, Caetlin) (Entered: 11/02/2021)

#7

(#7) NOTICE of Appearance by Mariel T. Smith on behalf of Harvey Edwards (Smith, Mariel) (Entered: 11/03/2021)

 

Docket Entries

  • 11/03/2021
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  • Docket(#7) NOTICE of Appearance by Mariel T. Smith on behalf of Harvey Edwards (Smith, Mariel) (Entered: 11/03/2021)

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  • 11/02/2021
  • Docket(#6) ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Reassignment. Judge Denise J. Casper added. Judge Allison D. Burroughs no longer assigned to case. (Finn, Mary) (Entered: 11/02/2021)

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  • 11/02/2021
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  • Docket(#5) Judge Allison D. Burroughs: ORDER OF RECUSAL entered.(McManus, Caetlin) (Entered: 11/02/2021)

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  • 11/01/2021
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  • Docket(#4) Summons Issued as to Vox Media, Inc.. Counsel receiving this notice electronically should download this summons, complete one for each defendant and serve it in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 4 and LR 4.1. Summons will be mailed to plaintiff(s) not receiving notice electronically for completion of service. (Pacho, Arnold) (Entered: 11/01/2021)

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  • 11/01/2021
  • Docket(#3) ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Case Assignment. Judge Allison D. Burroughs assigned to case. If the trial Judge issues an Order of Reference of any matter in this case to a Magistrate Judge, the matter will be transmitted to Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell. (Finn, Mary) (Entered: 11/01/2021)

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  • 10/29/2021
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  • Docket(#2) REPORT on the filing/termination of copyright case . (Roffman, Ian) (Entered: 10/29/2021)

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  • 10/29/2021
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  • Docket(#1) COMPLAINT against Vox Media, Inc. Filing fee: $ 402, receipt number AMADC-9034972 (Fee Status: Filing Fee paid), filed by Harvey Edwards. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet, #2 Category Form)(Roffman, Ian) (Entered: 10/29/2021)

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