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Protecting Creative Rights Via Copyright Infringement and Breach of Contract: Illumination Arts

Chara Curtis, Cynthia Aldrich and Alfred Currier are the author and artists of inspirational children’s books Fun Is a Feeling, How Far to Heaven? and All I See Is Part of Me. When the books’ publisher stopped paying royalties but continued publishing the books, and following several demands to cease, Curtis, Aldrich and Currier terminated their publishing contracts, but the publisher continued to publish their books.

Curtis enlisted the assistance of HCMP attorneys, who ultimately won their breach of contract and copyright infringement lawsuit against the publisher. The court determined that the publisher’s willful copyright infringement weighed in favor of “a hefty award” and granted Curtis, Aldrich and Currier $150,000 in statutory damages.