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Are Russian courts using pirated software?
May 1, 2018
That is the bold claim of one of the countries former assistant judges in a complaint filed with the Intellectual Property Rights Court in Russia. It is alleged that the IP court i...
Naruto cannot own copyright
Apr 25, 2018
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has handed down a decision in an infamous dispute between a photographer and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). T...
Tattoo artist brings copyright infringement claim against game publishers
Apr 24, 2018
WWE and 2K Games (publishers of video games) are in the midst of a copyright infringement lawsuit relating to tattoo designs reproduced in their video games. Catherine Alexander, t...
Stranger Things than duffing up the Duffer brothers
Apr 12, 2018
The Duffer brothers, creators of the hit Netflix drama Stranger Things, have been served with a claim of copyright infringement that, if successful, could end the franchise. The c...
Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?
Apr 5, 2018
Solid Oak Sketches ("SOS") acquired an exclusive license covering tattoo art on various (high profile) NBA stars from their respective tattoo artists. In 2016 it began proceedings ...
Hú trademark threatens to thwart cartoonist's t-shirt scheme
Apr 3, 2018
Hugleikur Dagsson has found that he may not legally sell t-shirts that he has produced featuring the Hú chant, much beloved by football fans worldwide since the Icelandic national ...
Unofficial Swedish subtitling to end
Mar 26, 2018
The Court of Appeal in Sweden has held that the unlicensed creation of subtitles for films and TV shows is an infringement of copyright in those films and TV shows. While producti...
Iron Maiden "Running Free" after settling copyright action
Mar 14, 2018
Iron Maiden have settled a copyright claim brought against them by songwriter Brian Quinn. Quinn, of Whitley Bay, had sued over what he alleged was infringing content in two songs....
Nike successfully defend their 'Jumpman' logo in the Court of Appeal
Mar 12, 2018
Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester has failed in his appeal against the 2015 decision of District Judge Michael Mosman in his case against Nike. The 2015 case centered around a 1984...
US driven change to Swiss copyright legislation
Mar 1, 2018
In late 2017 Switzerland proposed a new draft bill on copyright, which offers a more robust approach to copyright infringement. A part of that law is that an internet service provi...
BBC successfully defends Californian copyright claim
Feb 27, 2018
In November 2017 Carsey-Werner sued the BBC for infringing its copyright in The Cosby Show by broadcasting a documentary entitled "Bill Cosby – Fall of an American Icon" in the pre...
Oscar favourite in deep water
Feb 23, 2018
Oscar season is fast approaching and the buzz around which films are going to steal the most awards has everyone talking. Merely being nominated for an Oscar is an expression of re...
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