Oscar favourite in deep water
201802.23
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Oscar favourite in deep water

Oscar season is fast approaching and the buzz around which films are going to steal the most awards has everyone talking. Merely being nominated for an Oscar is an expression of recognition and respect from those in the film industry, so when it was announced that ‘The Shape of Water’ was nominated for 13 awards…

Defamation? It was only a joke…
201802.21
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Defamation? It was only a joke…

Comedian Louise Beaumont (known as Louise Reay on stage) is being sued by Thomas Reay, her ex-husband, for defamation and breach of privacy and data protection. Mr Reay alleges that in her show “Hard Mode” his ex-wife has made defamatory statements by implying that their marriage was abusive, and that it casts negative aspersions on…

Flight sim enters spy mode
201802.20
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Flight sim enters spy mode

“Spying” on one’s own customers is not a new phenomenon. Web browsers have targeted adverts at users based on their search histories since the early days of the internet. Yahoo have long been suspected of monitoring users’ emails. Actually going to the lengths of installing malware on customers’ computers (without their knowledge) seems to be…

‘Deisel’ by Diesel
201802.19
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‘Deisel’ by Diesel

Canal Street, New York is ground-zero for counterfeiting retailers. A barely tolerated haven to hawk knock-offs and fakes of some of the world’s best-known brands. Diesel’s parent company spends vast sums of money tracking down, then closing down, counterfeiters: last year they pursued and subsequently compelled to close down 86 websites selling copies of their…

Court dismisses Playboy’s copyright claim
201802.16
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Court dismisses Playboy’s copyright claim

Playboy, the well-known men’s magazine, have had their copyright infringement claim against Boing Boing dismissed by Judge Fernado Olguin in a California District Court. Boing Boing is an online blog and subsidiary of Happy Mutants LLC, they post about various subjects but most relate to the technology industry. The magazine publisher alleged Boing Boing of…

Taylor Swift shakes off another lawsuit
201802.15
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Taylor Swift shakes off another lawsuit

Taylor Swift is not shy when it comes to a lawsuit, having been embroiled in many herself over the years she is accustom to battling it out in the Courts. This week, it emerged that Swift has successfully defended herself in a copyright claim brought against her by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler. The…

Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption
201802.13
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Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption

The UK Government has announced, via the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), that the UK will ratify the Unitary Patent Court (UPC). Once active, the Court will determine disputes arising out of the newly created EU patent which will be valid across the EU and the UK. There had been question marks over the Court’s presence…

Megaupload’s mega extradition battle
201802.12
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Megaupload’s mega extradition battle

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-hosting giant Megaupload, is (along with his associates Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk) facing a battle in the Court of Appeal of New Zealand to avoid extradition to the US. The US seek extradition so that the group may account for actions that were committed nearly…