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…

‘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…

Meryl Streep applies to trademark her name
201802.02
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Meryl Streep applies to trademark her name

Having spent 43 years in the entertainment industry, winning multiple awards including Oscars and golden globes, Meryl Streep has now filed an application with the US Trademark and Patent Office to trademark her own name, “Meryl Streep”. Although Mary Louise Streep is her birth name, she has achieved fame and recognition through the name Meryl….

Collective Management Organisations: a brief explanation
201801.31
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Collective Management Organisations: a brief explanation

Collective Management Organisations (“CMO’s”) are licensing bodies which grant rights on behalf of multiple holders in a single license for a single payment. Rights holders will generally join a CMO as members and instruct it to issue licenses on their behalf. CMO’s are generally not-for-profit and are run by their members, taking a deduction from…

Grumpy Cat makes Court appearance in copyright case
201801.26
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Grumpy Cat makes Court appearance in copyright case

The owners of Tardar Sauce, the name of the internet breaking, meme-generating Grumpy Cat have been awarded £500,000 in damages in a recent copyright case. Grumpy Cat Limited (who own Tardar Sauce’s image rights) have sued Grenade Beverage (a US coffee company) for use that extended beyond their 2013 agreement. After the permanently frowny feline…