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…

Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians
201902.27
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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
201902.25
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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
201902.22
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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…

Start wearing purple wearing purple…
201902.07
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Start wearing purple wearing purple…

So sang Gogol Bordello in their gypsy punk hit in 2006. It was the band’s breakthrough track and they have sadly failed to stay in the mainstream ever since. Cadbury, however, fear that competitors may indeed start wearing purple following its abandonment of a trademark. Cadbury has duelled with Nestlé and a plethora of other…

Unicode to add accessibility-themed emojis
201902.06
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Unicode to add accessibility-themed emojis

The Unicode Consortium (“Unicode”), the group that controls emojis, has announced that its sixth update of the official database will include 230 emojis, some themed around disability or accessibility. Unicode is made up of representatives of tech and software development companies and individuals with the remit to create, maintain, and develop the database of emojis….