Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler
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Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler

The cover image for Van Morrison’s newest album, ‘Roll With The Punches’, features an image of Billy Two Rivers (the Image), a Canadian born ex-professional wrestler. In addition to appearances in numerous television programmes and films, Billy Two Rivers was also a leader of the Mohawk nation on the Kahnawake reservation, has featured in songs…

Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
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Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement

Further details have emerged this week regarding the multi-million pound lawsuit between US wholesaler Costco and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany). Tiffany sued Costco in 2013 for trade mark infringement. Costco had been selling solitaire style diamond rings displayed with reference ‘Tiffany’ labelling. Tiffany argued that the labelling was misleading to customers while…

Roger in murky waters over copyright
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Roger in murky waters over copyright

The launch of former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters’ new album, “Is this the life we really want?”, has been interrupted in Italy after the album cover was found to constitute copyright infringement of the work of Italian artist Emilio Isgrò, whose works can be found here. Isgrò’s  work at the centre of the court…

Baby Driver producers sued over copyright
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Baby Driver producers sued over copyright

In June 2017, Baby Driver, a film about a getaway driver with a love of music was released in cinemas worldwide. Since its release, the film has received rave reviews and become one of the most critically acclaimed films of the summer, grossing over $154 million worldwide to date. However, it emerged last week that…

Copyright in a tweet?
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Copyright in a tweet?

According to Rolling Stone online, the author of a tweet is negotiating compensation from a t-shirt seller who sold t-shirts bearing the text of his tweet. Brandon Male tweeted “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”. Subsequently, an image of a teen wearing a t-shirt bearing the tweet was …

Copyright dispute over Statue of Liberty stamp
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Copyright dispute over Statue of Liberty stamp

Copyright can subsist in sculptures, as well as perhaps more commonly encountered artistic works like paintings and photographs. The sculptor of a replica of the statue of liberty may have his day in court as a federal judge has reportedly ordered that his copyright infringement claim against the United States Postal Service will go to…

Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle
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Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently ruled on opposition proceedings brought by tyre company Michelin, relying on their earlier trade mark for a stylised letter X registered for ‘Envelopes, inner tubes for pneumatic tyres’ to oppose Continental’s registration for a stylised version of ‘XKING’ for ‘Tyres; Inner tubes for tyres’. Michelin…

McDaniel & Co. appoints new Director
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McDaniel & Co. appoints new Director

Niche IP specialist firm McDaniel & Co., are delighted to announce that Kelly Hudson is to be appointed to the position of Director, by owners Niall and Rozanna Head-Rapson. The appointment will take affect from August 2017. Kelly is local to the North East having been educated in the area, graduating from Northumbria University with…