Do you know your Bentley from your Bentley?
201812.14
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Do you know your Bentley from your Bentley?

A High Court claim has been commenced by Brandlogic, which operates the clothing brand ‘Bentley’. It has brought proceedings against Bentley Motors Limited, the British luxury car manufacturer, for trade mark infringement. According to the UK Intellectual Property Office Brandlogic and its subsidiaries, one being Bentley 1962 Ltd, own three trade marks for clothing bearing…

EU publishes its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List
201812.11
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EU publishes its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List

Following in the footsteps of the US, the EU has published its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List. The list focuses on four main areas where counterfeiting and piracy are most prevalent and problematic. They are websites providing copyright-protected content, e-commerce platforms, online pharmacies, and physical marketplaces. Unsurprisingly the list named China as one of…

“Kodi No Limits” has no place on YouTube
201812.10
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“Kodi No Limits” has no place on YouTube

As we have reported in the past, Kodi boxes are pieces entertainment hardware that, when paired with add-ons, allow access to illegal streams of premium television channels and ‘On Demand’ content. They aren’t always the easiest things to use, as much of the pre-installed software is quite “bare”: they generally don’t have user-friendly interfaces or…

Avoid “modded” games consoles, PIPCU warns
201812.07
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Avoid “modded” games consoles, PIPCU warns

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (much more manageably known as “PIPCU”) has issued a warning to Christmas shoppers of the dangers of buying modded games consoles. Consoles that are “modded” (also sometimes called “cracked” or “jailbroken”) have hardware modified (or new hardware installed) so that security measures pre-installed by the legitimate…

IP Minister in Brexit resignation
201812.03
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IP Minister in Brexit resignation

Over the weekend the minister with responsibility for Intellectual Property matters, Sam Gyimah, resigned from government. The Secretary of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation was only appointed in January 2018, but has quit over his concerns about the proposed Brexit deal. Specifically, he cited the UK’s decision to pull out of the EU’s…

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…

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…