Earlier this week, Jeremy “ShoeMoney” Schoemaker filed suit against David Sullivan/Big Blue Dots for copyright infringement and other “causes of action”. According to the complaint, the defendent used Schoemaker’s “Adsense check for 132,994.97” copyrighted photo without permission for commercial gain.
I was curious about how this suit came to be and asked Jeremy some questions about it. Here is a short interview with him about the lawsuit…
Shawn: How did you come across the David Sullivan and his use of your picture?
Jeremy: We were notified via our contact form on the blog and email by several people who saw the ad.
Shawn: Did David Sullivan ever contact you to request permission to use the picture?
Shawn: Do you know if the FTC is pursuing David Sullivan for the way he went about his business?
Jeremy: I do not know if the FTC is currently pursuing him.
Shawn: Do you hope to set a precedent with this case to empower others who have experienced the same thing?
Jeremy: I hope to encourage any company to protect their copyrights and trademarks. I have spent 6+ years building a brand that is well trusted in the space of making money on the internet legitimately. When someone like David Sullivan uses my face with malice and forthought to promote his fake news website that leads to Google Scams… that keeps me up at night.
Shawn: Is Google pursuing David Sullivan with their lawsuit against Google scammers?
Jeremy: I have no knowledge of Google pursuing David currently.
Thanks for your time, Jeremy.
Read the court documents from Case No. 8:09cv441 – Jeremy Schoemaker vs. David Sullivan d/b/a Big Blue Dots