High Court bans fake certificates website
201709.28
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High Court bans fake certificates website

The BBC reported this week that a website, www.replacement-certificates.co.uk (the Website), which reportedly sold fake GCSE and A-level exam certificates has been shut down following an order from the High Court of Justice. The Website now contains a notice of injunction granted in favour of the Joint Council for Qualifications (Council), representing AQA Education, The…

NAKED trade mark dispute
201709.22
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NAKED trade mark dispute

A small bath bomb firm located in Scotland called The Naked Soap Company (Naked) plans to take on global cosmetics company L’Oreal, which has given notice of its intention to oppose Naked’s trade mark application for NAKED (the Mark). The Urban Decay Naked make-up range is owned by L’Oreal, which has indicated that it believes…

Parties Overcome Song Copyright
201709.18
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Parties Overcome Song Copyright

‘We Shall Overcome’ the famous civil rights movement song, which has been called the most powerful song of the 20th Century has been the subject of a copyright dispute in the USA. A New York Federal Judge has now ruled that the first and fifth verses (which are identical) are no longer under copyright protection….

Taylor Swift’s trade mark applications
201709.06
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Taylor Swift’s trade mark applications

According to the BBC and several other news organisations, Taylor Swift has applied to register various lyrics from her new single, including the title “Look What You Made Me Do”, as trade marks. The single is Taylor Swift’s first UK number one single. Under UK law, and in all jurisdictions under various guises, there are…