Punishment for Taking Pictures of Famous Landmarks
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Punishment for Taking Pictures of Famous Landmarks

A proposed new EU law could mean that photographers will breach copyright if they publish and sell photographs of famous landmarks which are protected by copyright. If the proposals are voted in favour of next month, photographers would need to black out copyrighted buildings and works of art from their photographs or obtain permission from…

A Swift Bite of Apple
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A Swift Bite of Apple

Apple Music is a new music platform set to be released in over 100 different countries by the end of June this year with the intention of positioning Apple in direct competition with other subscription based music platforms such as Spotify. Developed by the team behind the Beats Music Service, Apple Music will connect listeners…

Music to the Music Industry’s Ears – Government Loses Copyright Case
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Music to the Music Industry’s Ears – Government Loses Copyright Case

The High Court recently (Friday 19 June 2015) ruled against the UK Government in a Judicial Review brought by three bodies representing music rightsholders. The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, the Musicians’ Union and UK Music (together “Bodies”) challenged the Government’s decision to introduce a private copying exception into UK copyright law.  They…

Lego Figures are ‘Protected’ Shapes
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Lego Figures are ‘Protected’ Shapes

The General Court of the European Union has ruled that the shape of Lego’s figurines is a protected Community trademark and therefore cannot be copied.  Lego, the world’s second biggest toy maker, had registered the “three-dimensional trademark” in 2000. British competitor to the Danish firm, Best-Lock, which makes similar toys, had challenged Lego’s attempt to…