EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday
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EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday

Travellers often complain of the restrictions on the use of subscription based streaming and on-demand content when abroad. New “content portability” regulations aim to address that. European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip has said “Citizens are at the core of all our digital initiatives. As of 1 April, wherever you are traveling to in the EU,…

Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs
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Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs

Walmart and 24 other retail giants have spoken out against President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports in to the USA. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (“RILA”) has claimed that the tariffs will lead to higher costs for retailers which will be passed on to consumers. The tariffs have been imposed by the President as part…

Unofficial Swedish subtitling to end
201803.26
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Unofficial Swedish subtitling to end

The Court of Appeal in Sweden has held that the unlicensed creation of subtitles for films and TV shows is an infringement of copyright in those films and TV shows. While production companies generally provide subtitles for their releases, there is often a long delay between the release of the content and the release of…

Bumble takes leftward swipe at Tinder
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Bumble takes leftward swipe at Tinder

We reported here that Match Group (owners of Tinder) were suing competitor Bumble for infringement of patents, trade marks and trade dress, and accusing it of exploiting trade secrets that some of its founders learned while working for Tinder. In a development yesterday, Bumble has released a statement (which you can read in full here)…

Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
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Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit

Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, have brought an infringement case against their dating app competitor, Bumble. The Claimant is an American internet company that owns a large group of dating services including Tinder, Match.com, OKCupid and PlentyOfFish. A complaint has been filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging, amongst…

Anime showings risk international copyright incident
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Anime showings risk international copyright incident

Dragon Ball Super, for the uninitiated, is a hugely popular Japanese anime series written largely by Dragon Ball franchise creator Akira Toriyama. Its broadcast rights are owned by Toie Animation, which asserts that no entity owns the rights to display the series in public. Despite that, public screenings organised by local governments went ahead in…

Fowl play in Nando’s trademark dispute
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Fowl play in Nando’s trademark dispute

Nando’s have taken legal action to prevent a chicken shop in Reading from infringing its cockerel and chilli logos as well as its name. Fernando’s, owned by Asam Aziz, has received a letter from Nando’s legal representatives, Bird & Bird, requiring it to cease infringement. Nando’s have asserted that the chicken and chilli images used…