E-Trade Beats Italian Instagram Influencer’s Copyright Suit

Law360 (September 16, 2019, 3:47 PM EDT) -- E-Trade is off the hook in a copyright suit brought by an Italian Instagram influencer who purports to be an “extravagant millionaire dancing with beautiful ladies in exotic locations,” after a New York federal judge found that E-Trade did not rip off his online persona for its commercials.

In a 19-page order filed Friday, U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote threw out Milan-based influencer Gianluca Vacchi’s lawsuit against E-Trade Financial Corp., finding that E-Trade’s commercials in 2017 did not feature a character that was “substantially similar” to the one Vacchi supposedly created for his social media accounts.

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