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Night Club Owner Given Prison Sentence for Copyright Infringement
Jul 2, 2015
The defendant in the case of Phonographic Performance Limited Music Licensing Co. v Fletcher, received a prison sentence after repeatedly infringing copyright by playing music with...
A Swift Bite of Apple
Jun 23, 2015
Apple Music is a new music platform set to be released in over 100 different countries by the end of June this year with the intention of positioning Apple in direct competition wi...
Down Periscope! Sporting Event Organisers Discourage Use of App
Jun 19, 2015
Social media technology has a history of subverting the rigid and inflexible way in which institutions transact with their customers. Napster, through use of its peer to peer techn...
Cardinal's Sin? Baseball Team Accused of Hacking Rivals
Jun 18, 2015
US authorities are currently investigating claims that a US baseball team have hacked into the computer of a rival team. The St Louis Cardinals are said to have illegally accessed ...
EU Parliament Seeks United Approach to Online Counterfeit Goods
Jun 16, 2015
Most readers will be familiar with the 'too good to be true' offers available on some online selling platforms (think Ebay, Amazon, Alibaba et al) that make you consider whether th...
Filesharing - Responsibility and Calculation of Damages
Jun 15, 2015
How damages are calculated in filesharing cases has proved to be very difficult and controversial. Some guidance on this has been given recently by the Bundesgerichtshof, the Germ...
Jawbone Targets Fitbit Again
Jun 11, 2015
Jawbone has filed a second legal complaint against its rival Fitbit in California, this time for patent infringement. In the suit Jawbone has accused Fitbit of infringing three of ...
Is This Art? - Instagram, Copyright and Unauthorised Use of Photographs
Jun 4, 2015
Artist Richard Prince has opened an exhibition named "New Portraits" in an art gallery in the US. The art works displayed are re- photographed Instagram images taken from the artis...
Jawbone Fighting Fit-(bit) in Claim for Breach of Confidentiality
Jun 1, 2015
On the eve of the exercise and fitness technology company Fitbit's Initial Public Offering its smaller rival, Jawbone, has accused the fitness and health tracking device maker of p...
Handbags at Dawn - Gucci Owner Sues Alibaba
May 20, 2015
The leading online marketplace Alibaba is being sued by the owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma and various other leading fashion brands, Kering following a failed attempt to ...
Beastie Boys 'Monster' Taming Continues
May 19, 2015
Following the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York's award of damages to the Beastie Boys of a reported USD1.7 million dollars against Monster Energy ...
European Commission to Harmonise Copyright Laws in Digital Single Market
May 11, 2015
In July 2014, the now President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, talked about the need for a connected Digital Single Market. In an extract from the Political Guidelines...
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