U.S. News | Cornell Roofing Sued for Artist’s Portfolio Infringement


Early this month, Eric Bowers, a Missouri artist filed a lawsuit against Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Company and owner Mary E. McNamara in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri accusing the defendants of using his copyrighted portfolio depicting Kansas City’s downtown revitalization.

The plaintiff accuses the defendant of copying his work and distributing the work on the internet to enhance their sales and services which has made the plaintiff to suffer great damages.

According to the lawsuit, Bowers published the portfolio since 2009 which has stood tall and is being requested by architects, builders, magazines and other professionals due to its wholesome artist for poster-quality images of downtown revitalization. The work was time-consuming and the use of professional editing software was purchased at a high price to edit the shots.

“The minimum fee for the time and use-limited license of the works that defendants used without permission in this case is more than $1,000 per individual image,” the lawsuit alleges.

Bowers said a notification of this allegation was sent to the defendants in September last year, but this was not settled amicably and for a minimum expense.

The case is currently pending.

Case Information

Case Name: Bowers v. Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. et al

Plaintiff: Eric Bowers
Defendant: Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. and Mary E McNamara
Case Number: 4:2018cv00434
Filed: June 5, 2018
Court: Missouri Western District Court
Office: Kansas City Office
County: Jackson
Presiding Judge: John T. Maughmer
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause of Action: 17:101 Copyright Infringement
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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