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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...
Court dismisses Playboy's copyright claim
Feb 16, 2018
Playboy, the well-known men's magazine, have had their copyright infringement claim against Boing Boing dismissed by Judge Fernado Olguin in a California District Court. Boing Boin...
Taylor Swift shakes off another lawsuit
Feb 15, 2018
Taylor Swift is not shy when it comes to a lawsuit, having been embroiled in many herself over the years she is accustom to battling it out in the Courts. This week, it emerged th...
Megaupload's mega extradition battle
Feb 12, 2018
Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-hosting giant Megaupload, is (along with his associates Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk) facing a battle in the Court of Appeal o...
Dodge in Superbowl PR disaster
Feb 5, 2018
During the 2018 Superbowl many viewers were left angered after seeing an advert for the Dodge Ram pickup truck featuring excerpts from "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon of Dr. Marti...
Disney Pixar win dismissal of Inside Out copyright case: but it might be back
Feb 2, 2018
Disney Pixar's hit mental health positive film Inside Out was copied from "the Moodsters": or so goes the claim by Denise Daniels, a child development expert who specialises in soc...
Collective Management Organisations: a brief explanation
Jan 31, 2018
Collective Management Organisations ("CMO's") are licensing bodies which grant rights on behalf of multiple holders in a single license for a single payment. Rights holders will ge...
Grumpy Cat makes Court appearance in copyright case
Jan 26, 2018
The owners of Tardar Sauce, the name of the internet breaking, meme-generating Grumpy Cat have been awarded £500,000 in damages in a recent copyright case. Grumpy Cat Limited (who ...
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