PIPCU investigation leads to prison time for UK pirates
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PIPCU investigation leads to prison time for UK pirates

Beginning in 2013, PIPCU (the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit) investigated the theft of the Expendables 3 movie in advance of its Hollywood release. That investigation took some time, but in 2014 it revealed that two arrests had been made, now thought to have been Steven Pegram and Alan Stephenson. The men were released pending…

Fall Out Boy in soft cuddly dispute
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Fall Out Boy in soft cuddly dispute

Llamas rarely evoke anything other than warm responses and a release of cutesy expressions. However, with puppeteers the Furry Puppet Studio suing Fall Out Boy over the band’s allegedly infringing use of some llama puppets, that may well change, just like their 2005 song aptly named “Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name Of This…

Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians
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Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians

The wider Kardashian family (including younger sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner) do not seem to be able to stay out of the intellectual property news lately. Perhaps that is because when they throw their hefty social media weight behind something, it inevitably becomes a target for opportunist copycats and infringers. Perhaps, however, it is because…

Much ado about trademark infringement
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Much ado about trademark infringement

The Public Theatre, the group responsible for the internationally acclaimed “Shakespeare in the Park” theatre productions held each summer in Manhattan’s Central Park, has filed a claim in the Southern District of New York against a hotelier in the city. The complaint is made against Ian Schrager and his hotel PUBLIC. It relates to The…

Facebook found liable for hosting unlicensed content
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Facebook found liable for hosting unlicensed content

Facebook has suffered an important and globally significant defeat at the Tribunale Roma in Italy. Last week the court held Facebook liable for hosting links to infringing content following a complaint by Italian broadcaster Reti Televisive Italiane (“RTI”) and singer Ponzone Valentina. RTI and Ponzone sued Facebook over a profile that linked to performances by…