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Mercedes Benz in hot water with Detroit artists
Apr 2, 2019
Yesterday we reported on Jaguar Land Rovers success at the Chinese courts against Chinese copycat car manufacturer, Jiangling Motor Corporation. Today, car manufacturer Mercedes Be...
Memes and GIF's exempt under new copyright directive
Mar 28, 2019
The European Parliament has finally voted in the new European Copyright Directive ("Directive"). The legislation, which was revised several times in its making, will be considered ...
PIPCU investigation leads to prison time for UK pirates
Mar 20, 2019
Beginning in 2013, PIPCU (the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit) investigated the theft of the Expendables 3 movie in advance of its Hollywood release. That investigation too...
Fall Out Boy in soft cuddly dispute
Mar 18, 2019
Llamas rarely evoke anything other than warm responses and a release of cutesy expressions. However, with puppeteers the Furry Puppet Studio suing Fall Out Boy over the band's alle...
Google takes aim at the EU Copyright Directive
Mar 6, 2019
We have reported in the past about the issues that hosts and creators have identified with the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, and particularly with Article 13. Google's Seni...
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...
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