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04 August 2015

Country Music Festival Sued in Federal Court for Copyright Infringement and Unpaid Bills

The hits just keep on coming for the first (and very likely, last) Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.

Georgia Unfiltered reported, 3 August 2015, that the Carrollton Police Department is currently investigating the event and organizers for possible criminal wrongdoing in connection with vendors such as Palmetto Amusements being left unpaid despite providing services for the 3-day concert.

Since the publication of that story, we have learned that legal action has been initiated against the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival and parent company Celeb Scene, Inc.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the 12-page lawsuit claims Celeb Scene infringed upon the copyright of the person who design the country music festival's logo (pictured right).

(This logo is at the center of a legal battle between the person who designed it, and company who used it to promote and market the event. Image courtesy James Roger Curtis.)
James Roger Curtis says, in his suit, that Celeb Scene agreed to pay him $5,000 a month to create, design, and develop both a logo and a website to promote and market the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.

Curtis designed the logo in 2014, but was never paid, according to legal filings.

A search of the U.S. copyright records shows that Curtis registered the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival logo on 29 January 2015.

Curtis terminated his relationship with Celeb Scene one month later.

James Roger Curtis is asking the Court to give him all profits made by Celeb Scene through their use of his logo. In addition, Curtis is also asking for statutory damages in the amount of $150,000.

Judge Harold Murphy has been assigned this case.

Curtis v Celeb Scene, Inc