Juan Pablo Chavez v. American Idol Productions, Inc. et al. (18-cv-10222).

  • February 6, 2018

Juan Pablo Chavez filed suit against American Idol Productions along with a host of other companies and individuals, accusing them of copyright infringement, violating the No Electronic Theft Act of 1997, which permits criminal prosecution of copyright infringement even where the infringer receives no financial benefit, violation of the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, trademark infringement, and violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (which provides for moral rights in copyrighted works such as proper attribution). Mr. Chavez also seeks a criminal complaint for willful copyright infringement under the Artist Rights and Theft Prevention Act of 2015. While difficult to discern from the complaint, appears to relate to a violinist, Johnny Arco, who auditioned for American Idol in 2015, although Mr. Chavez 2019s relation to Johnny Arco is not clear and there appears to be no basis for jurisdiction in Massachusetts. Mr. Chavez, who is representing himself, appears to have filed virtually the same suit against the same defendants in at least Iowa, Tennessee, California, New York, and Georgia, all at roughly the same time and all pro se. The case is before Judge Stearns.

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