La Liga app infringes GDPR
201906.14
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La Liga app infringes GDPR

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has caused widespread fear amongst small and big business alike as stories of those falling foul of the regulations come to light and the authorities meting out exemplary punishments. La Liga (the Spanish top flight football division) is the latest big organisation to operate contrary to…

201905.10
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For Guns N’ Roses it isn’t all Rosé

Guns N’ Roses, the legendary rock band, is suing the Oskar Blues Brewery for trade mark infringement in the US. Like most musicians the iconic rock band owns a great many trademarks for various images and phrases associated with it, including, of course, “Guns N’ Roses”. In 2018 when the Oskar Blues Brewery began selling…

LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint
201904.29
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LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint

LEGO has succeeded in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). WIPO’s UDRP complaint procedure is a streamlined and efficient way for rights-holders to prevent infringement in domain names. The upsides of the procedure over traditional litigation are quite simple: it is cheaper, quicker, and one of the…

Avengers: A Tale of Piracy
201904.25
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Avengers: A Tale of Piracy

Another digital piracy story today, this time underpinned by a rather strange commercial decision taken by the rights holder Marvel. Marvel took the decision to release Avengers: Endgame in China two days before the US release. It says that it did this to combat rampant piracy in the region. Previously Hollywood blockbusters have premiered in…

Fall Out Boy in soft cuddly dispute
201903.18
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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…