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I don't want to talk about it / copyright infringement
Sep 3, 2018
A £9,999.99 (note: definitely not £10,000) copyright infringement claim has been brought against rock'n'roll legend Sir Rod Stewart. The allegation, made by Julia McLellan on behal...
Circles and squares and apostrophes thwart Vodafone
Aug 31, 2018
One of the most significant differences in copyright law between the UK and US is that while copyright protection arises automatically in UK, in the US an application has to be mad...
YouTube gets twitchy over Twitch
Aug 30, 2018
It is a fair assumption that anybody reading this will have heard of YouTube. Twitch.tv, however, is much less well-known. It began as a niche e-sports streaming platform reserved ...
Photographer snaps success at the European Court of Justice
Aug 8, 2018
German photographer Dirk Renckhoff has recently succeeded in his claim against a German high school at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for copyright infringement. A student at ...
Who is leaking Dr Who?
Aug 7, 2018
The BBC is on a hunt to find the source of a leaked teaser clip of the upcoming and much anticipated Dr Who season. While the release of the first episode is still some months of...
Fraudulent "Takedown" notices on the rise
Aug 6, 2018
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 ...
It's August: that means Christmas!
Aug 1, 2018
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 fi...
UEFA Blocking Injunction extended
Jul 30, 2018
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 ...
Nintendo takes action over online emulators
Jul 23, 2018
In the internet age there has always been a demand for access to games and videos that pre-dated it. That demand is never higher than for retro games that populated our lives in th...
Saudi Arabia denies Wimbledon piracy claims
Jul 10, 2018
There have been several allegations recently of BeoutQ (a sports TV streaming service) infringing on the rights of beIN Media Group. We wrote previously of the piracy of FIFA World...
Copyright and plagiarism claims against "The Girls" author dismissed
Jul 9, 2018
Emma Cline, author of best-selling novel "The Girls" has had claims of copyright infringement against her dismissed in the US. District Judge William Orrick dismissed the allegatio...
Artist sculpting a copyright infringement claim against Tesla
Jul 3, 2018
The chief executive of Tesla has been accused of using an artist's copyrighted image without permission. Elon Musk has been criticised on Twitter for appropriating Tom Edward's ima...
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