Fraudulent “Takedown” notices on the rise
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Fraudulent “Takedown” notices on the rise

Rights-holders in the digital age make use of what are known as “DMCA Takedown Notices” to require search engines and registrars to remove listings that direct users to infringing content. Millions of these notices are served worldwide every year. However fraudulent notices are cropping up with increasing regularity. While Netflix, Disney and Amazon issue thousands…

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What’s in a hyphen?

That is the question that Mr Justice David Gendall of the High Court of New Zealand will now have to consider. The case concerns the well-known (in the UK) British breakfast cereal Weetabix and the equally well-known (in Australia and New Zealand) Kiwi breakfast cereal Weet-Bix. The question arises after British expat Lisa Wilson opened…

It’s August: that means Christmas!
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It’s August: that means Christmas!

As we reach the peak of summer we can look forward with excitement to the festive period with a little yuletide copyright litigation. Late last month photographer Lance Knowles filed a claim in South Carolina against the City of Aiken, South Carolina. Knowles is a resident of the city, and in December 2016 shared a…

LNDR and LDNR confuse Londoners
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LNDR and LDNR confuse Londoners

In the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court, Mr Justice Arnold has ruled that Nike has infringed a trademark owned by Frank Industries (“Frank”) that is uses for its women’s sportswear clothing brand LNDR. Frank owns the mark LNDR for use on sportswear. Frank filed a claim for passing off and trademark infringement against Nike in…

UEFA Blocking Injunction extended
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UEFA Blocking Injunction extended

We reported  recently that Mr Justice Arnold had extended the Premier League blocking injunction requiring Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) to disable access to illegal streams of Premier League games. You can read that article here. Mr Justice Arnold has now considered another footballing application: to extend his earlier injunction covering illegal streams of UEFA matches….