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Kat Kramer (Katharine Kramer), daughter of Stanley Kramer Copyright Infringement Violation

We are supposed to report the news, but sometimes you become part of the news.

On Friday, February 10, 2012 Diversity News Productions/Publications announced that the person who stole their video footage via illegal downloading, is Stanley Kramer’s daughter Katharine Kramer, a.k.a. Kat Kramer of KNK Productions.

As announced, Diversity News TV from Diversity News Productions/Publications learned on Friday, January 27, 2012 that one of their media event coverage videos had been downloaded and then re-uploaded on YouTube by an event producer, creating a copyright infringement.  (Video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZNyi8JfRr0) or view here.

Diversity News Publications immediately issued an invoice to the company for the footage, including a Notification of Copyright Infringement and Unauthorized Use of Diversity News TV footage.  Diversity News TV (dba Diversity News Productions/Publications) gave this company and its representatives a 10 day deadline to comply with due billed payment, but as of the date of this press release have refused to pay, claiming lack of money. Diversity News Productions/Publications were unable to release the identity of the person and company until now, as the payment deadline has now passed.

As of Wednesday, February 8, 2012, selected media/press, photographers, non profit organizations, Hollywood publicists, TV and Radio Stations, including online top news and entertainment media websites have been notified of this individual who decided to steal Diversity News TV video from YouTube, where it clearly states by YouTube that you can not download any content from their site.

“I have been violated, disrespected and can not believe that the person(s) who did this are in the film/studio industry. They, of all people, should know and respect others intellectual property. I am shocked to learn about the ignorance of Ms. Kat Kramer for taking this action. I never expected something like this from a family related to a legendary movie director and producer like Mr. Stanley Kramer. I am very sure Mr. Kramer would not be happy with what Kat has done to us, if he were still alive. I have no other option but to disclose her identity and organization. I want you all to be cautious of Kat Kramer and please do not provide her with any media/press coverage because she does not deserve that respect”. said Esteban Steven Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, President of Diversity News Publications and Producer and Director of Diversity News TV.

Mr. Escobar continued, “One of Diversity News TV from Diversity News Productions/Publications goals is that we are committed to investigating licensing infractions not only to protect our interests, but also to protect the interests of the photographers, videographers, and hosts we work with and represent. We are committed to protecting the intellectual property rights and livelihood of the artists whose work we license. We gave Ms. Kat Kramer and KNK Productions Inc. enough time to make things right but as of this press release they have shown no respect and apparently do not care what will happen next due to the fact that they claim not to have money. It is sad that Kat Kramer has been using her dead father’s name for years, to walk red carpets and gain entrance to prestigious events in Hollywood. I ask those event producers to stop allowing a woman like Kat Kramer to destroy her father’s respected name. For her to continue to acquire free access and showcase herself on red carpets where she clearly does not belong just because of her father’s legacy is ridiculous. She has no talent at all.”

As of Thursday, February 9, 2012 a letter was mailed to Kat Kramer and KNK Productions’ attorney Altschul & Olin LLP asking him to ask his client to pay us for our footage or we may pursue litigation in court. The deadline given to them was 5 days from the day they received the letter from Steven Escobar of Diversity News TV from Diversity News Productions/Publications’ law office of PARKER STANBURY LLP.

Diversity News TV or Diversity News Magazine does not give permission to anyone to download or upload image(s) or video(s) from their sites. Anyone is free to use the links or link their coverage and even copy the embedded code, but not to download or upload our content. Copyright infringement is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder’s exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works. It often refers to copying intellectual property without the creator’s written permission.

“I really need all of my colleagues to please help me get the word out about what Kat Kramer has done to me, my company and my team. We work very hard to cover events and no one compensates us for it. All these Hollywood people like to show off and throw big celebrity names out there, but in reality they are so cheap that they do not know how to invest in their marketing and public relations careers. So please do not provide any press/media coverage to people like Kat Kramer of KNK Productions because they just want to take advantage of us, the hard working independent media.” concluded Mr. Escobar.

Steven Escobar of Diversity News TV from Diversity News Productions/Publications has also paid a private investigator firm to investigate Katharine Kramer a.k.a. Kat Kramer and KNK Productions, Inc., including Karen Kramer assets. Those fees will be added to the bill.

Diversity News TV hopes Kat Kramer pays the bill within the 5 day deadline, or it will bill her with all the current up to date expenses.  They may also be forced to commence formal legal action, and will seek not only the actual out of pocket expenses, but further additional damages, including but not limited to statutory damages, penalties, attorney fees, and costs.

Diversity News TV attorney also remarked on the letter issue of 2-9-2012 to Kat Kramer and KNK Productions the following: Use of copyright protected video footage without a proper license granted by the copyright holder is considered infringement under the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Thus, Diversity News TV has the right to sue your clients for copyright infringement in a court of proper jurisdiction. Individuals found liable of copyright infringement may face statutory damages of up to $30,000 for each work infringed. If the infringement is determined to be willful, that amount can increase to $150,000. Your clients can also be held accountable for Diversity TV’s legal fees and costs.

TO READ The Original story, SEE PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS VISIT Diversity News Magazine at http://diversitynewsmagazine.com/2012/02/breaking-news-katharine-kramer-aka-kat-kramer-daughter-of-stanley-kramer-copyright-infringement-violation/

Editor’s Note: Esteban Escobar aka Steven Escobar is available for interviews, please contact Alex Leon from World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations at worldwidevitalpr@gmail.com or Steven Escobar directly at (213) 321-9408.

Source: Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News Publications, Wikipedia
Photo credit to: Bob Delgadillo Photography, Close Up Photography by Ali Bigdeli  & Diversity News Publications.

Lily Tomlin and Friends Gather In Beverly Hills To Help Billy The Elephant‏

August 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, News

By Songirl Sez, Special for Diversity News

Legendary comedienne Lily Tomlin appeared with some of today’s hottest leading comedy acts on Saturday, August 7, 2010 in Beverly Hills, CA at the Lavinthal estate for a fundraiser held by Voice For The Animals to raise funds for Billy the elephant, who has been in solitary confinement at the L.A. zoo for over 20 years.

Held on the sprawling estate grounds, the event went from 5-9pm and was emce’d by Bruce Vilanch, who introduced an all star line consisting of fellow comedians Orny Adams, Elayne Boosler and Rick Overton. A special speech of support by Los Angeles City councilman Tony Cardenas, before Lily graced the stage at the mansion. Tax deductible tickets ranged from $100-$350 and included cocktails and fine vegan food. An auction continued after the show while desert was served.

Celebrity supporters for the evening (although some unable to attend) included James Cromwell, Kevin Nealon, Bernie Williams, Georja Umano, Mariana Tosca, Fawn and Ashley Bell. There were a host of well known animal advocates present including Patty Shanker, Ed Boks, Bill Dyer, Robin Torme’, Bryan Monell, Daphne Dimitriadi, Linda Grey Heitz, Marjorie Hirsch Loeb, Sandra Mohr and Kat Kramer.

“Lily and all of our guests understand the significance of the lawsuit, not only to save Billy from what inevitably will be an early death, but to send an even louder message,” said Melya Kaplan, founder and executive director of VFTA. She added “These magnificent, sensitive and loving creatures belong in the wild and if they’ve already been brought here, then they belong in wide-open sanctuaries designed to meet their physical and emotional needs.”
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VFTA’s lawsuit originated in 2007 and was filed on behalf of two plaintiffs including the late actor Robert Culp. The suit charges the Los Angeles zoo with cruel and unusual punishment of elephants (there have been 14 elephant deaths in the zoo’s history, two in the past four years) and seeks to shut down the $42 million planned elephant exhibit the city council approved in January of 2009. It was the second time the council voted in approval of the exhibit in light of sufficient evidence that proves the care captive elephants receive constitutes civil and criminal abuse under California law. After a series of motions and appeals, the Court of Appeals finally ruled the case could go to trial.
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 “It would be a much nicer educational process for children to visit animals in sanctuaries and see how animals thrive in their wild habitat, rather than living in a zoo where animals don’t live, the actually die.” said Tracy and Robin Torme party guests.
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Kaplan concluded “Lily has been instrumental from the start in helping us bring this issue to light. She loves elephants and wants Billy to go to a place where he can roam free on many acres with other elephants-our lawsuit against the Los Angeles zoo is scheduled to go to trial November 2nd.”

About Billy the elephant and why so many people gathered to help him:
Billy was born in 1985 and has been in solitary confinement since 1989 at the L.A. zoo. He was caught in the wild and forcibly taken from his native home of Malaysia, as part of a trade between the L.A. Zoo and the Malaysian Game Department. Billy lives on approximately one-quarter acre at L.A. Zoo. In the wild, elephants can walk 30 miles in a day. There are roughly 640 acres in one mile.
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With no other elephants near him, Billy lives an unnatural, solitary life at the Zoo. While male elephants are often kept separate from other elephants in zoos, in the wild males can display social connections, residing in bachelor herds or frequenting areas with female elephants, sometimes moving from family to family. In India, younger bulls join with older bulls to crop raid.

For many years Billy has displayed stereotypic behavior in the form of repetitive head bobbing that goes on for extended periods of time. Stereotypic behavior is often viewed as an indicator of poor welfare, caused by factors such as restriction of movement, size of enclosure, social isolation, and lack of complexity in the physical environment. Billy has experienced all of these factors at the L.A. Zoo. In fact, Billy was routinely chained each night, likely from the time of his arrival at L.A. Zoo in 1989 until 1994, for approximately 12 to 14 hours each night. It was during this period that a keeper reportedly physically abused Billy by using electric shock on him.

Experts state that stereotypic behavior can lead to foot problems such as nail cracks (which Billy already has), and abscesses and abrasions to the sole of the foot. Foot-related problems are one of the leading causes of euthanasia in captive elephants in the United States.

If you would like more information on Billy or A Voice For Animals, please visit http://vftafoundation.org/ or http://www.helpbilly.org/