You know how those Kardashian sisters roll…always in the midst of a lawsuit. Well it seems that their
inability to be creative habit of borrowing ideas is rubbing off on they friend and E! prince Ryan Seacrest who finds himself on the receiving end of an infringement suit.
At least he's not alone, as Khloe Kardashian Odom and husband Lamar Odom are about to find themselves in the same boat as dear, ol' Ryan. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so the state of New York should feel extra special right about now!
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According to a radio station in Galway Bay, Ryan is facing allegations of copyright infringement from music producer Jose Moreno who has filed a $75,000 suit against the television producer and NBC Universal. Jose claims that his music was used in the background of Khloe & Lamar without his permission.
Jose's court filings state, "Ryan Seacrest Productions, NBC Universal … intentionally edited substantial portions of Jose Moreno's copyrighted musical works into television programs which were publicly performed on prominent cable channels and viewed by millions of people. Defendants did so with no license from Jose Moreno, the sole copyright owner." The music producer will have to wait a bit on his day in court. The case is set to go to trial on December 2 of this year.
Not wanting to be outdone by her boss, Khloe is also facing some (more) potential legal drama. After being photographed wearing a shirt (it's the one she's sporting above) from the clothing line she owns with Lamar, the Governor of New York is taking major issue with the reality star. Yes, that's right! Khloe is officially on Cuomo's bad side.
The shirt features the couple's brand's name, Rich Soil, and a logo depicting the Statute of Liberty that looks a heck of a lot like New York's Department of Agriculture seal. Governor Cuomo isn't happy with this fashion faux pas, and he's got state officials fighting to get Rich Soil to stop selling the shirts.
The NY Daily News reports that the state is ready to pursue legal action if Rich Soil refuses to cooperate. An attorney for the Department of Agriculture wrote to the clothing line, asserting, “The State of New York has invested substantial time, effort and resources creating the respect and goodwill associated with the trademark."
In addition to stopping the sale of all items which show the logo in question, the letter demands that Rich Soil stop advertising the shirts and provide information showing how much Khloe and Lamar's company has profited from the merchandise.
I think someone at E! needs to plan a professional development day STAT regarding not using other people's ideas without their permission…
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