Judge rips art company over unicorn copyright lawsuit during coronavirus pandemic

Most likely get worried about counterfeit unicorns immediately after the pandemic?

A federal judge eviscerated an art enterprise for demanding a hearing for its copyright infringement lawsuit — over products that includes “life-like portrayals” of mythical creatures like unicorns and dragons — while the coronavirus provides society to its knees.

“There are cellphone circumstances showcasing elves and unicorns, and a unicorn jogging beneath a castle lit by a comprehensive moon. In the meantime, the entire world is in the midst of a worldwide pandemic,” Chicago federal Judge Steven Seeger deadpanned in a March 18 ruling.

Spain-based company Artwork Talk to Agency owns the license to layouts by British artist Anne Stokes, together with a single depicting the “interlocking heads of two amorous-looking unicorns” and works with titles like “Spell Weaver” and “Summon the Reaper.”

The enterprise claims that unnamed China-based mostly businesses have been ripping off Stokes’ patterns, which are emblazoned on goods like camping tents and pocketbooks, and are employing them for knock-off products.

Art Request Company requested Seeger on March 10 to issue a restraining purchase and keep a listening to.

Seeger didn’t agenda the hearing, noting that courts were being scaling back operations as the numbers of COVID-19 situations was rising and that working with the “infringing unicorns and the knock-off elves” could wait a handful of months.

The corporation asked him to rethink, whining that it was dropping revenue while the case was staying place on hold.

Seeger was unmoved.

In a scathing ruling, the decide claimed that the company’s filing reminded him of a quote by Elihu Root, the secretary of state under Teddy Roosevelt: “About half of the exercise of a respectable attorney is telling would-be consumers that they are damned fools and should really cease.”

“One miracles if the fake fantasy merchandise are suffering from brisk gross sales at the moment,” Seeger wrote.

“The world is struggling with a actual crisis. Plaintiff is not.”

An attorney for Art Check with Agency did not immediately answer to a request for comment.