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While some people only felt robbed of the price of admission and 3 hours and 14 minutes of their life after watching the 1997 film Titanic, a Florida man recently filed a lawsuit claiming James Cameron stole his family's story for the film. Stephen Cummings is seeking $300 million as well as a 1 percent ongoing royalty as a result of the alleged theft.

According to sources, Cummings is claiming that the story of Jack Dawson and Rose Bukater mirrors the story of his two relatives, a husband and wife couple aboard the Titanic. When the real ship sank, only the wife escaped. The actual tale, which Cummings was known to tell to friends, has other similarities to the one told in the movie.

A recent decision in the civil case against Conan O'Brien is no laughing matter for the late night host. Writer Alex Kaseberg filed suit in 2015 over a series of jokes that he claims were stolen from his blog and Twitter feed. The federal judge hearing the copyright infringement claims ruled that three of the five allegedly infringing jokes can proceed to trial.

Kaseberg, who writes a comedy blog, alleged that Conan O'Brien, as well as others, stole and published his jokes. The jokes alleged to have been stolen were written about current events, and though none were stolen word for word, the similarities are obvious.

The way that Hollywood recycles movie plots, you would think that all the good stories have already been told. And pirate stories have been around for centuries. So how do you separate new, original works from the many predecessors? Or, more accurately, how do you prove a new movie based on old pirates isn't lifted from someone else's work?

One way is to show them that you have even older artwork, pre-dating their own and ask them to sign a release, absolving you from future copyright liability. But what if someone says they found artwork even older than what you've presented, and claims you altered your artwork, and claims you fraudulently obtained the release? That's what Royce Mathew says The Walt Disney Company did, in the latest chapter of their ongoing feud over the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

Even with the cool wind in their hair, the iconic classic rock band, the Eagles, has filed a lawsuit against a Mexican hotel due to pretending to be the very same Hotel California that the famous rock group sang about in their popular song, Witchy Woman. However, what a nice surprise it was that the hotel policies that prohibit ever checking out and wine (at least since 1969), weren't the basis of the lawsuit.

In all seriousness though, the lawsuit against the Hotel California is due to the unsurprising inevitability of a hotel trying to use an unlicensed, and sadly, fake, gimmick to attract guests. The Eagles are seeking to stop the hotel from using the name Hotel California and misleading guests into thinking there is any connection between the location and the song.

The Warhol Foundation has filed a lawsuit against a photographer claiming that a 1984 piece by Andy Warhol infringes upon her copyright. The work of art in question is the Prince Series, which includes several different paintings of the musician Prince. The photographer claims that her 1981 publicity photo of Prince was used to make unauthorized derivative works.

The photographer, after the death of Prince last year, contacted the foundation to demand payment of damages for an alleged copyright infringement. However, the foundation believes that the claim is frivolous and nothing more than a shakedown. Rather than continue to waste time and money negotiating, the foundation has sought the help of the court in settling the dispute.

A recent court order from the Federal District Court in New York has limited the issues moving forward in the few year old legal saga over whether Iron Man's most recent metal suit was stolen, intellectually speaking. No, Tony Stark didn't leave his suit behind on some school campus, but rather two former artists for the Marvel company, which is part of Disney, claim that the Iron Man franchise ripped off the artwork from their similar comic book hero, named Radix.

The court found that although there are quite a few similar elements, some of the basic or generic characteristics of superhero costumes and wardrobes are not protectable under copyright law. Things like capes, boots, flared gloves, goggles, gold titanium alloy crime fighting suits, and more, are all part of the usual expectation of what a superhero looks like and wears, and therefore a non-copyrightable elements. However, color schemes, designs, and logos may still enjoy protection.

Gary Goldman, the screenwriter for 90s classic science fiction film 'Total Recall,' has filed suit against Disney for allegedly stealing the characters, concepts, plot and sub-plots, verbatim dialogue, and even the name he created for his animated talking animals project, 'Zootopia.'

Goldman has alleged that he pitched his idea to Disney twice, once around 2000, and again almost a decade later. His lawsuit includes the drawings of his cute cartoon characters, alongside their alleged counterparts in the Disney film, in an attempt to show the striking similarities. Despite how cute the pleading may look, there are some real big allegations being cast at Disney.

The Taylor Swift, or more accurately, the TAS Rights Management Company, has recently filed for several different trademarks including multiple iterations of the word "swiftie." In case you don't know, or couldn't just figure it out, a "swiftie" is a person who identifies as a Taylor Swift fan so much so that their fandom is actually a personality trait for them.

So what does the trademark filing mean? Despite reports claiming that Swift has various plans for using the newly trademarked terms, very little is actually known about her plans. Among the speculation, though, are claims that Swift may be planning to start a summer camp, or other educational service, activity, or event, as well as potentially marketing a video game similar to the Kardashian's highly criticized freemium app.

Rihanna, the pop mogul, and fashion and fragrance designer, has found herself facing a trademark infringement lawsuit over the name of her latest fragrance: Kiss by Rihanna. A cosmetics company named Kiss is asserting that Rihanna's latest fragrance, which they have absolutely nothing to do with manufacturing or selling, violates their trademark of the name Kiss as it relates to beauty products.

The Kiss cosmetics company has stated that Rihanna did not obtain permission or a license to use their trademarked name in connection with her fragrance, nor did she comply with the company's requests that Rihanna stop making and selling the fragrance under that name. As such, they had to file a lawsuit against the pop star.

Although imitation may be considered by some as the sincerest form of flattery, in the music industry and art world, it's usually considered the basis for a lawsuit.

The estate of Messy Mya, a.k.a. Anthony Barre, a YouTube star that was killed in 2010, is suing superstar Beyonce for $20 million due to an alleged theft of samples. The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages for unpaid royalties and copyright infringement not just from the song sales, but also from the unauthorized use of Mya's work during concerts and in music videos. Barre's estate asserts that Beyonce ignored requests to negotiate the matter.