Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler
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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
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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
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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…

Copyright in a tweet?
201708.04
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Copyright in a tweet?

According to Rolling Stone online, the author of a tweet is negotiating compensation from a t-shirt seller who sold t-shirts bearing the text of his tweet. Brandon Male tweeted “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”. Subsequently, an image of a teen wearing a t-shirt bearing the tweet was …

Copyright dispute over Statue of Liberty stamp
201708.03
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Copyright dispute over Statue of Liberty stamp

Copyright can subsist in sculptures, as well as perhaps more commonly encountered artistic works like paintings and photographs. The sculptor of a replica of the statue of liberty may have his day in court as a federal judge has reportedly ordered that his copyright infringement claim against the United States Postal Service will go to…

Premier League Wins Significant Copyright Battle
201707.27
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Premier League Wins Significant Copyright Battle

The Premier League has won a significant victory in its battle against copyright infringement having been granted a blocking order for the 2017-18 season from the High Court. This order requires UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to prevent people from illegally accessing streams of its matches.  The Premier League obtained a similar court order for…

Guide To Kodi Box Details How To Access Pirated Content
201707.21
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Guide To Kodi Box Details How To Access Pirated Content

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has pointed out that a British magazine sold by many newsagents and high street retailers, including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon, is instructing readers how to use copyright infringing add-ons for media players. The Kodi streaming box is a freely available, and legal, media player however in recent years…

Netflix Feeling Hazed By Copyright Dispute
201707.20
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Netflix Feeling Hazed By Copyright Dispute

Netflix, the American entertainment company, have found themselves in deep water this week after it has been alleged the plot of their original film ‘Burning Sands’, released in March this year, is based on a book written by Al Quarles Jr. The Hollywood Reporter, reported this week that Al Quarles Jr spent two decades writing…

Spotify Find Themselves In A Spot Of Bother…. Again
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Spotify Find Themselves In A Spot Of Bother…. Again

In May this year, we reported on a copyright infringement lawsuit between music streaming giant, Spotify and musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The full article can be read here. The lawsuit related to Spotify’s failure to pay the mechanical license fees needed to stream a particular musicians music. In the end, Spotify were ordered…