LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint
201904.29
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LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint

LEGO has succeeded in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). WIPO’s UDRP complaint procedure is a streamlined and efficient way for rights-holders to prevent infringement in domain names. The upsides of the procedure over traditional litigation are quite simple: it is cheaper, quicker, and one of the…

Avengers: A Tale of Piracy
201904.25
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Avengers: A Tale of Piracy

Another digital piracy story today, this time underpinned by a rather strange commercial decision taken by the rights holder Marvel. Marvel took the decision to release Avengers: Endgame in China two days before the US release. It says that it did this to combat rampant piracy in the region. Previously Hollywood blockbusters have premiered in…

You Win Some, You Lose Some
201903.19
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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Apple is no stranger to litigation and expensive, lengthy court battles. We have reported on many of Apple’s disputes over the years, some of these reports can be read here and here. On 15 March 2019 Apple suffered a loss in its long-running legal battle with Qualcomm, the technology firm known for producing modems and…

Facebook found liable for hosting unlicensed content
201902.22
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Facebook found liable for hosting unlicensed content

Facebook has suffered an important and globally significant defeat at the Tribunale Roma in Italy. Last week the court held Facebook liable for hosting links to infringing content following a complaint by Italian broadcaster Reti Televisive Italiane (“RTI”) and singer Ponzone Valentina. RTI and Ponzone sued Facebook over a profile that linked to performances by…