Earlier this week, the owner of Delaware Today and Delaware Business Times filed a lawsuit against Great News LLC for copyright infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendant sells commemorative plaques of its monthly magazine and bi-weekly newspaper articles without authorization which infringes on its intellectual property.
The plaintiff claims that the defendant has caused confusion, damages and unfair competition by selling plaques that belongs to Delaware.
“Their business model is based on the infringement of intellectual property from print media,” the lawsuit complaint states.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff argues that the defendant advertises plaques labelled “as published in Delaware Today” including “Delaware Top Dentists,” “Delaware Top Doctors” and “Five Star Real Estate Agents on their website, thatsgreatnews.com.
The plaintiff claims that the defendant is aware of the infringing nature of their actions since the Delaware Business Times contains a notice stating that the newspaper or its trademarks may not be reproduced in whole or in part.
Delaware Media Company allege that the defendant subscribes to its publications and contact story subjects who may be interested to buy a plaque in which they were featured.
The Delaware media seeks injunctive relief prohibiting the defendant use of its newspapers and trademarks and payment of $150,000 for each count of alleged copyright infringement, profits earned by the defendant, attorney’s fees, punitive damages plus monetary damages.
The plaintiff also wants all copies of its publications that the defendant has reproduced without authorization and that are in the company’s control to be delivered to Today Media or be destroyed.