Prince’s estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release
201904.15
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Prince’s estate awarded millions in claim for unauthorised music release

The estate of the late music icon Prince continues to vigorously protect the artist’s intellectual property. In September last year we reported on the steps the estate had taken against individuals who had illegally released bootleg versions of the artist’s songs without seeking permission. The full article can be read here. More recently, the estate…

Mercedes Benz in hot water with Detroit artists
201904.02
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Mercedes Benz in hot water with Detroit artists

Yesterday we reported on Jaguar Land Rovers success at the Chinese courts against Chinese copycat car manufacturer, Jiangling Motor Corporation. Today, car manufacturer Mercedes Benz, has made headlines after allegations of copyright infringement against the company have emerged. The allegations emerged following the release of the Mercedes Benz marketing campaign for its G 500 Series…

Memes and GIF’s exempt under new copyright directive
201903.28
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Memes and GIF’s exempt under new copyright directive

The European Parliament has finally voted in the new European Copyright Directive (“Directive”). The legislation, which was revised several times in its making, will be considered by member states who will now need to approve the decision. The new Directive has not been without its controversies. In particular, Article 11 and Article 13 of the…

PIPCU investigation leads to prison time for UK pirates
201903.20
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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
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…

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…