Aboriginal artist’s family battle for copyright
201710.17
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Aboriginal artist’s family battle for copyright

Albert Namatjira, the Australian aboriginal artist who died in 1959, made headlines this week after it was announced that the copyright in his artwork has finally been returned to his family. Namatjira was known for the geography he depicted in his paintings, including the mountains and valleys of the Australian outback, as well as the…

ResearchGate Faces Large Copyright Case
201710.13
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ResearchGate Faces Large Copyright Case

ResearchGate is a social networking site based in Berlin. It allows academics to share published papers, presentations and book chapters with millions of its members. The firm was founded in 2008 and it has received more than $87 million from Science Funders and investors, including Bill Gates. It claims to have more than 13 million…

Parties Overcome Song Copyright
201709.18
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Parties Overcome Song Copyright

‘We Shall Overcome’ the famous civil rights movement song, which has been called the most powerful song of the 20th Century has been the subject of a copyright dispute in the USA. A New York Federal Judge has now ruled that the first and fifth verses (which are identical) are no longer under copyright protection….

Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler
201708.17
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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…

Roger in murky waters over copyright
201708.14
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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
201708.09
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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…