A devilishly good deal for Sabrina
201811.29
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A devilishly good deal for Sabrina

Earlier in the month, we reported that The Satanic Temple (“ST”) had threatened legal action against Netflix for copyright infringement. The allegation is that Netflix copied the ST’s statue of a sabbatic goat in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, without permission. Our previous article detailing the claim can be read here. The…

UKIPO blows away Superdry’s trade mark opposition
201811.27
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UKIPO blows away Superdry’s trade mark opposition

Superdry, the UK clothing brand, have succeeded in trade mark opposition proceedings brought by Wind Sportswear, a German sportswear brand. The opposition was filed by Wind after Superdry applied to register a UK trade mark for the word marks ‘Windyatcher’, ‘Windtrekker’, ‘Windattacker’, ‘Windhybrid’ and ‘Wind Hybrid’ in class 25 for goods such as clothing, footwear…

Discussion of Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive
201811.20
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Discussion of Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (more commonly known as The European Copyright Directive) is draft legislation that has the potential to forever change the very nature of user-uploaded media consumption on the internet. At its base level, Article 13 introduces new systems for the monitoring of the upload of copyright-protected material…

EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste
201811.15
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EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste

Earlier this week, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgement in the Levola, Heks’nkaas case. For those that may not know, Levola, a Dutch vegetable producer, issued proceedings against Smilde Foods BV alleging that it’s Witte Wievenkaas product infringed the taste of its spreadable cheese product named Heks’nkaas. The case…

Rihanna says please do stop the music
201811.12
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Rihanna says please do stop the music

It was just last week we reported on the dispute between Pharrell and President Trump after it emerged that the US leader used Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ track at a rally without permission. A week later and President Trump is in the bad books of yet another music artist, this time, Rihanna. At a rally in Chattanooga,…

Ivanka Trump granted new trade marks in China
201811.08
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Ivanka Trump granted new trade marks in China

Ivanka Trump’s defunct company, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, has been granted numerous trade marks by the Chinese government. The trade mark applications were registered against some questionable goods and services, including voting machines and nursing homes. The granting of the new marks brings Ivanka’s Chinese trade mark portfolio to a total of 34. The daughter…

Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple
201811.06
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Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple (“TST”), a religious group, has threatened legal action against Netflix for a statue used in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. TST have alleged Netflix of appropriating the copyright in a statue created by the Temple, without permission. The statue in dispute is an alleged copy of the TST’s statue…