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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Spotify and Warner Music gear up for sub-continental slugfest
Feb 28, 2019
There is often a pervading impression given in the media that "big corporates" tend to get their ducks in a row before announcing a new plan. That isn't always the case, and a new ...
Facebook found liable for hosting unlicensed content
Feb 22, 2019
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 ...
YouTube Copyright extortion is a real and growing problem
Feb 19, 2019
As content hosts get ever more concerned about hosting infringing content, a new type of digital extortion has emerged that is threatening vloggers and videographers alike: the cop...
Sisters Twisted over political use of 'We're Not Gonna Take It'
Feb 12, 2019
Complaints about politicians using particular artists' songs are not new. We have seen them before when an artist considers a politician's views to be unsavoury or incompatible wit...
Gigi Hadid's face gets her in trouble again
Jan 30, 2019
Gigi Hadid is being sued by Xclusive Lee Inc, ("Xclusive") for sharing a picture of herself. The allegation is that on 12 October 2018 Hadid posted a photograph entitled "Gigi Hadi...
Netflix joins Hollywood's biggest labels in trade association
Jan 24, 2019
The Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA") is a trade association and lobbying group that works to further the interests of the movie and TV industry in the US. Its members...
How the pirate tables have turned
Jan 21, 2019
This has to be one of the more ironic news stories we have reported here. First, some background. TVZion is a pirate app that operates in the same way that Netflix or PrimeVideo do...
Match Group taking left swipes at Tinder's co-founder
Jan 18, 2019
It is a common problem. A founder, director or senior employee is leaving, and the company needs to protect itself from that person taking with them trade secrets, databases, or ot...
Premier League opens new office to tackle piracy
Jan 15, 2019
The Premier League has opened a dedicated office for the purposes of tackling piracy on behalf of both its members and its partners. Since selling the TV rights for a record £5.1b ...
India proposes prison sentences for low-tech cinema piracy
Jan 11, 2019
India has been a hotbed for digital piracy since internet access became mainstream in the developed towns and cities in the country. Both Hollywood and Bollywood have been consiste...
Jury trial ordered in copyright claim against Ed Sheeran
Jan 7, 2019
The copyright infringement claim against Ed Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Atlantic Records for Sheeran's 2014 song "Thinking Out Loud" has moved forwards: but not how sin...
Smells Like Copyright Infringement
Jan 3, 2019
Marc Jacobs, the American fashion designer and owner of his own, self-named, fashion brand, has come under fire following the release of his new fashion line, the Redux Grunge Coll...
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