Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"Wisdom Bible From Ancient China" Does Not Infringe "Wisdom Bible of God"

A federal judge has found no similarities between Cherie Phillips's Wisdom Bible of God and Sanderson Beck's Wisdom Bible From Ancient China, India, Greece, the Middle East and Rome. Thus, she has decided that Ms. Phillips is not entitled to maintain her claims of copyright infringement and trademark infringement against Mr. Beck. Judge Susan Mollway indicated that the expression of the ideas in the case were not similar enough to merit copyright protection, and that Ms. Phillips's assertions that Mr. Beck had diluted the secondary meaning of her book were unsubstantiated. Both parties appeared pro se.

Read more here. The case is Phillips v. Beck, 2007 WL 2972605; 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75165; (D. Haw. Oct. 9, 2007).

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