Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow's Website, Sued For Copyright Infringment
Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop is being sued by nutrition specialist and writer Charles Platkin for copyright infringement.
Gwyneth Paltrown's Goop Sued
In Platkin's lawsuit, filed at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York on Wednesday, it is claimed that Goop engaged in “deliberate and unconscionable actions in infringing on Plaintiff’s trademarks,” according to Radar Online, which obtained the court filing.
Platkin alleges that the copyright infringement occurred in a July 17, 2014 article when Goop used his copyrighted moniker “Diet Detective.” The article read: “Today on goop: Diet Detective/Nutritionist Kelly Dorfman takes the mystery out of what might be plaguing our systems—and presents a program for picky eaters.”
Since noticing the article, Platkin claims that he has tried to receive appropriate reimbursements for the use of his copyright “for the value of infringed-upon trademark” but that his requests “were all ignored and/or dismissed.”
In addition to seeking a court order to ban Goop from using “Diet Detective,” Platkin also wants a jury trial and monetary compensation.
Back in April, it was reported that Goop was in financial trouble, incurring losses in both 2011 and 2012. While the company was generating a substantial amount of income, the company’s expenses were outweighing its gains. Paltrow was responsible for a large amount of the expenses, including a $587,653.25 “remuneration” and a “loan to director” that was never repaid that totaled $49,025.