EU publishes its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List
201812.11
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EU publishes its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List

Following in the footsteps of the US, the EU has published its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List. The list focuses on four main areas where counterfeiting and piracy are most prevalent and problematic. They are websites providing copyright-protected content, e-commerce platforms, online pharmacies, and physical marketplaces. Unsurprisingly the list named China as one of…

“Kodi No Limits” has no place on YouTube
201812.10
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“Kodi No Limits” has no place on YouTube

As we have reported in the past, Kodi boxes are pieces entertainment hardware that, when paired with add-ons, allow access to illegal streams of premium television channels and ‘On Demand’ content. They aren’t always the easiest things to use, as much of the pre-installed software is quite “bare”: they generally don’t have user-friendly interfaces or…

A devilishly good deal for Sabrina
201811.29
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A devilishly good deal for Sabrina

Earlier in the month, we reported that The Satanic Temple (“ST”) had threatened legal action against Netflix for copyright infringement. The allegation is that Netflix copied the ST’s statue of a sabbatic goat in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, without permission. Our previous article detailing the claim can be read here. The…

Discussion of Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive
201811.20
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Discussion of Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (more commonly known as The European Copyright Directive) is draft legislation that has the potential to forever change the very nature of user-uploaded media consumption on the internet. At its base level, Article 13 introduces new systems for the monitoring of the upload of copyright-protected material…

EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste
201811.15
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EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste

Earlier this week, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgement in the Levola, Heks’nkaas case. For those that may not know, Levola, a Dutch vegetable producer, issued proceedings against Smilde Foods BV alleging that it’s Witte Wievenkaas product infringed the taste of its spreadable cheese product named Heks’nkaas. The case…

Rihanna says please do stop the music
201811.12
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Rihanna says please do stop the music

It was just last week we reported on the dispute between Pharrell and President Trump after it emerged that the US leader used Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ track at a rally without permission. A week later and President Trump is in the bad books of yet another music artist, this time, Rihanna. At a rally in Chattanooga,…

Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple
201811.06
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Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple (“TST”), a religious group, has threatened legal action against Netflix for a statue used in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. TST have alleged Netflix of appropriating the copyright in a statue created by the Temple, without permission. The statue in dispute is an alleged copy of the TST’s statue…