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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...
Licensing and Use of Orphan Works
Apr 29, 2015
There has been a lot of discussion and media attention, some of which has been sensationalist and often misleading (read headlines such as, "social media users lose ownership of th...
World IP Day 2015 - It's All About the Music
Apr 23, 2015
The official theme for the day which is held on 26 April every year is "Get up. Stand up. For music" referencing the classic Bob Marley track which is an inspiration to human right...
3D Printing and IP Rights
Apr 22, 2015
Use of 3D printing technology is not yet commonplace. However, we are starting to reach a point where private individuals and businesses are seriously thinking about what 3D print...
Illegal Downloads and Film Piracy - Dallas Buyers (or rather not to buy) Club
Apr 15, 2015
All too often film viewers avoid paying for films and download what they want to watch, when they want to watch it, in contravention of the law. A recent landmark Australian decis...
Unauthorised Streaming of TV Programmes Online a Breach of Copyright
Apr 13, 2015
The European Court of Justice has been asked to consider whether the EU Copyright Rules should be changed in order to prevent public service broadcasters from re-transmitting TV pr...
Apple Smart Watch – TM 'Issues' Set to Delay Launch in Switzerland
Apr 9, 2015
The new Apple smart watch is due to be released in 9 countries on 24 April 2015. However, the release of the watch in Switzerland has reportedly been delayed due to an earlier file...
Google Loses Appeal Against Decision to Allow Consumers the Right to Sue Over Misuse of Privacy Settings
Mar 30, 2015
Google has lost its appeal to have an earlier High Court ruling set aside. A group of internet privacy activists previously alleged that Google had violated privacy settings and ha...
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