Times are changing and some are questioning the true motivation and reason behind a recent lawsuit. A Pittsburgh blogger is being sued by North Jersey Media Group, which owns The Herald and The Record News. Their suit claims that Marjorie Adams, owner of StoopidHousewives.com violated copyright laws by publishing pictures of Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 4 premiere parties. The case was moved to Pittsburgh, Adam’s residence, on Thursday. In the motion requesting that the case be moved from New York to Pittsburgh Adams’ attorney states that the blog is run by Adams as a hobby.
At the moment, the suit’s foundation is unclear. One theory is that StoopidHousewives does use watermarked pictures along with giving credit, although she also puts her own tag or watermark on the pictures she publishes on her site. Checking with TVFishbowl’s legal team, we were advised that watermarks or otherwise tagging pictures makes it appear as if you own the pictures, which is a clear violation of Copyright laws. At this point this is all just speculation no one knows what the lawsuit exactly states. It is highly unlikely that the filing of a lawsuit would not have been the first communication, typically a cease and desist letter would have been sent requesting the removal of the offending items.
We do know that Marjorie Adams never wanted her identity revealed on her site or anywhere else. She has always blogged behind the StoopidHousewives name, so in that sense, she has already lost. We are finding out that Adams’ attorney actually asked that her identity be kept anonymous, claiming a rival blog’s fans where making crazy over the top comments online. The judge did not find Adams to be in any real or serious threat of danger and denied the request.
There are rumors that the plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial and this is where questions come into play; Is there be a true concern that the newspaper and photographers lost money due to pictures being published on other sites? Do they desire to send a message out to all websites and bloggers? Or are the motivations more sinister, is this a way to publicly identify this blogger to try to stop what she does? One has to wonder what is the true motivation behind this lawsuit, regardless TVFishBowl will be keeping our eyes on this case.
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