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EU Court of Justice says no copyright in taste
Nov 15, 2018
Earlier this week, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgement in the Levola, Heks'nkaas case. For those that may not know, Levola, a Dutch vegetable p...
Ed Sheeran settles another copyright infringement claim
Nov 13, 2018
Ed Sheeran, the Halifax born music artist that boasts some of the most impressive album selling statistics of any artist, has just settled a copyright infringement claim over the s...
Rihanna says please do stop the music
Nov 12, 2018
It was just last week we reported on the dispute between Pharrell and President Trump after it emerged that the US leader used Pharrell's 'Happy' track at a rally without permissio...
Netflix series in hot water with the Satanic Temple
Nov 6, 2018
The Satanic Temple ("TST"), a religious group, has threatened legal action against Netflix for a statue used in their new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. TST have alleg...
Pharrell Williams far from happy with President Trump
Nov 2, 2018
US President, Donald Trump, has been warned from R&B artist, Pharrell Williams, to stop playing his music at political events. One of Pharrell's biggest hits, Happy, was the song o...
Baby Can I Hold You to copyright infringement?
Oct 25, 2018
Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has filed a copyright infringement claim against rapper Nicki Minaj alleging that Minaj has sampled her song without her permission. It is claimed ...
Not all uses of VPNs are illegitimate
Oct 23, 2018
When somebody tells you that they use a Virtual Private Network ("VPN") through which to access the internet as a whole, the mind is immediately drawn to the illicit activities tha...
Louis Vuitton Bag a Trade Mark Victory
Oct 22, 2018
French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, has succeeded in a trade mark infringement battle against The Face Shop for using their famous designs on its products. The Face Shop is a man...
Brexit and the Potential Impacts on the Tobacco Industry
Oct 12, 2018
It's six months to go until the UK leaves the EU and, at the moment, a deal has still not been made. The UK Department of Health and Social Care have announced that, in preparation...
Eleven Sports testing the old guard's reserve
Oct 11, 2018
When the lawful exploitation of intellectual property rights is contradictory to government legislation, the legislation normally wins. Since the 1960s there has been a "blackout"...
Megaupload Court Battle Continues….
Oct 4, 2018
Back in February, we reported on Megaupload's mega extradition battle, the article can be read here. For those that may not know, Megaupload was the file sharing service which ena...
Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of endorsing IP violations
Oct 3, 2018
Qatar's Minister of Economy and Commerce has made a filing at the World Trade Organization accusing Saudi Arabia of significant and sustained violation of intellectual property rig...
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