13 Civ. 08351. Lanham Act

In an opinion today, Judge Furman dismissed a class action brought by a company called Meltech, which owns the rights to certain pictures of an adult movie actor known professionally as Melissa Midwest, against against Match.com and various affiliated dating websites.  Meltech alleged that Match and the other websites used photos of Ms. Midwest without authorization to make fake dating profiles. Meltech withdrew its copyright claims because it had not actually registered any copyrights for the photos, and Judge Furman found that Meltech could not use the Lanham Act as an “end-run” around the copyright laws:
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