What do a dry cleaning service, web design firm and gentlemen’s club have in common? All three small businesses obtained “live” spokesperson software for their web sites from Tweople, Inc. for a one-time fee of a few hundred dollars. All three businesses are also being sued by Live Face on Web, LLC (LFOW), the developer and owner of the software, for direct and indirect copyright infringement for allegedly using “an unlawful version of LFOW’s Software”.
LFOW has also separately sued Tweople for copyright infringement, alleging that Tweople copied LFOW’s source code without permission and offered an infringing product to Tweople’s customers. Each of the businesses, Emerson Cleaners, Inc., Unlimited Office Solutions, LLC (dba Green Technology Services) and Linvas Corporation (t/a Sunrise Gentlemen’s Club), brought motions to dismiss the claims against them. The federal court in New Jersey, where each action is pending, granted the motions as to the indirect infringement claims. The court denied the motions as to the direct claims of copyright infringement, allowing these claims to proceed to trial.
Review the Emerson decision here, the Unlimited Office Solutions decision here and the Linvas decision here. Contact us at Ossian Law regarding software licensing or any other information technology law questions.
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