Cartoons to educate children on copyright law
201801.18
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Cartoons to educate children on copyright law

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a campaign to teach children about copyright infringement and the internet, saying it is a key life skill to learn to respect copyrights and trademarks. The IPO is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and it also acts as an executive agency…

Spotify sued over royalties
201801.12
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Spotify sued over royalties

Spotify is reportedly being sued by a music production company, on behalf of its clients, for £1.18 billion, in respect of unpaid royalties for songs hosted on its platform. The news comes amid news that Spotify is preparing for a form of initial public offering, a direct listing, later this year. The Claimant is Wixen,…

‘Uptown Funk’ Faces Another Legal Battle
201801.02
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‘Uptown Funk’ Faces Another Legal Battle

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are once again facing the prospect of a legal battle over their ‘Uptown Funk’ song. The song has been the subject of legal disputes in the past and this time is in the process of being sued by The Sequence. The 1970s trio, made up of Cheryl Cook, Gwendolyn Chisolm…

Talking Tables interviewed by Real Business over infringements
201711.24
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Talking Tables interviewed by Real Business over infringements

McDaniel & Co. client Talking Tables Limited, which produces design-led games and party accessories, was recently interviewed for an article on the Real Business website, which can be found at the following link: https://realbusiness.co.uk/law/2017/11/24/classic-case-small-business-ip-infringement/. In the article, Talking Tables set out the importance of taking legal action to protect innovative creations if they are at…

Mr Underbed takes on John Lewis Christmas advert
201711.22
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Mr Underbed takes on John Lewis Christmas advert

Well known author Chris Riddell has enjoyed an increase in sales of his picturebook “Mr Underbed” having pointed out the close resemblance of this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert, which features a character called Moz the Monster, to his picturebook. The Guardian reported last week, in an article found at this link, that Mr Riddell…

Dyson Look To Clean Up
201711.16
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Dyson Look To Clean Up

The leading manufacturer of household appliances, Dyson, is bringing a legal claim against their former chief executive Max Conze for an alleged series of breaches, after he stepped down from his role within the company in October. The Dyson board has issued legal action at the High Court of Justice in London. Mr Conze has…

BBC Facing Cosby Copyright Case
201711.14
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BBC Facing Cosby Copyright Case

Carsey-Werner, the producer of the popular 1980s American television sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’, has brought a copyright case against the BBC. They have alleged copyright infringement for using several of their clips in a documentary on the television star Bill Cosby. The BBC documentary called ‘Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon’, discusses many of…

IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers
201710.26
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IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its IP Crime and Enforcement report for 2016-2017 (the Report). The Report explains the current challenges and threats posed by intellectual property crime, with input from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). According to the Report, 15% of all internet users aged…