UKIPO releases plan to shipwreck pirates
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UKIPO releases plan to shipwreck pirates

Recently, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has published its plans and strategies to improve services in the enforcement of anti-piracy. Piracy, which is a common term used for copyright infringement, is the unauthorised use or reproduction of another’s work. They have published two documents, one detailing their corporate plan for 2018-2019, and the other…

Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong
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Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Customs has seized more than HK$15 million (£1.4m) worth of counterfeit FIFA World Cup merchandise in the last two months under the authorities’ appropriately named ‘Operation Goalkeeper’ initiative. Customs officials announced last week that they had seized over a quarter of a million infringing articles under the operation, and arrested five people on…

Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment
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Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment

There has been much debate in recent years as to whether websites that host user-submitted content should be liable for intellectual property infringements committed by the display of that content. Rights holders (perhaps unsurprisingly) favour an approach where a website is liable, but the websites themselves (and their advocates) argue that such an approach would…

Moonwalking all over Disney
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Moonwalking all over Disney

The Michael Jackson Estate (“the Estate”) is suing the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) and ABC for unauthorised use of dozens of copyrighted works. The use relates to the Disney produced documentary “The Last Days of Michael Jackson”, which Disney claims makes the inclusion of the copyright materials “fair use”. ABC are included in the lawsuit…

Player Unknown to sue Fortnite
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Player Unknown to sue Fortnite

PUBG Corp., the developer behind Player Unknown’s Battle Ground (“PUBG”), has issued proceedings in South Korea to determine whether Epic Games have infringed on copyright in the creation and execution of their hit game Fortnite. The issues between the two game developers is nuanced, as PUBG runs on the Unreal Engine (a model for first…

Naruto cannot own copyright
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Naruto cannot own copyright

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has handed down a decision in an infamous dispute between a photographer and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Court has held that Naruto cannot own copyright. This is probably logical, as Naruto is a macaque monkey. The usual rule of copyright…