Political Battle in USA Over Future of ICANN
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Political Battle in USA Over Future of ICANN

We have previously commented here on the decision of the US government to relinquish control of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is a not for profit organisation founded in the USA and it has overall responsibility for the registration of domain names. Having control of this organisation gives the USA…

Kodi Boxes Subject of Court Case
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Kodi Boxes Subject of Court Case

Selling a ‘fully loaded’ Kodi box which is used to access subscription and pirated content for free may become illegal as a court case concerning the entertainment box is set to proceed. The case is to being brought by Middlesborough Council. The defendant, an individual from Middlesborough, has been accused of selling equipment that “facilitated…

Scotch Whisky Is Granted Trade Mark Protection In Taiwan
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Scotch Whisky Is Granted Trade Mark Protection In Taiwan

Scotch Whisky has been granted trade mark protection after the application of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to register the name in Taiwan was successful. The protection will provide producers with more enforcement rights against fake Scotch Whisky products in Taiwan. Scotch Whisky is renowned for its Scottish origins and prior to being awarded this…

Iceland and Trade Marks
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Iceland and Trade Marks

Iceland is in the spotlight in the trade mark world, following a number of legal disputes regarding the use of the word “Iceland” in trade marks. Iceland Foods has been, since 2014, the proprietor of the trade mark “Iceland” in various trade mark classes covering various food and drink items together with washing machines, paper…

Swatch Take A Bite Out Of Apple In Trade Mark Dispute
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Swatch Take A Bite Out Of Apple In Trade Mark Dispute

It can sometimes seem like Apple is taking over the world, with its products increasingly ubiquitous and new launches hotly anticipated. They have however experienced some negative publicity recently. You will no doubt be aware of the controversial ruling of the European Commission requiring payment of back dated tax which has somewhat tarnished Apple’s image….

EU Sets Its Sights On YouTube
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EU Sets Its Sights On YouTube

The EU Commission has announced its plans to amend and harmonise EU copyright law.  The President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker announced the proposals in his ‘State of the European Union’ address on Wednesday 14 September 2016.  The changes have been suggested to ensure that copyright law remains effective in the digital age. One…

European Court Rules Hyperlinks Can Infringe Copyright
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European Court Rules Hyperlinks Can Infringe Copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has clarified the law around whether posting hyperlinks to infringing content online can be copyright infringement. They have ruled in the case of GS Media BV v Sanoma Media Netherlands BV and others, Case C-160/15, 8 September 2016 that posting hyperlinks to a work that has…