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Is infrared the answer to low-tech cinema piracy?
May 20, 2019
We have previously reported on low-tech cinema piracy (sometimes known as 'camming') where a pirate simply records what he or she sees and hears in a cinema and uploads the resulti...
BREXiT isn't offence: but it isn't a trademark either
May 17, 2019
While Brexit may evoke different emotions in different people, it was nonetheless surprising when the EUIPO's examiner denied the registration of the mark "BREXiT" on the ground th...
New York counterfeiter sentenced to two years in prison
May 15, 2019
Many people consider counterfeiting to be a victimless crime. The argument often goes that a less-wealthy consumer would never have paid huge sums for a pair of sunglasses/jeans/sh...
The Colour Purple: and what it meant to Prince
May 14, 2019
The estate of the musician Prince, the interests of which are represented by Paisley Park Enterprises ("PPE"), has been fighting a monumental, lengthy, and (we presume) incredibly ...
For Guns N' Roses it isn't all Rosé
May 10, 2019
Guns N' Roses, the legendary rock band, is suing the Oskar Blues Brewery for trade mark infringement in the US. Like most musicians the iconic rock band owns a great many trademar...
LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint
Apr 29, 2019
LEGO has succeeded in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy ("UDRP") complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO"). WIPO's UDRP complaint procedure i...
Avengers: A Tale of Piracy
Apr 25, 2019
Another digital piracy story today, this time underpinned by a rather strange commercial decision taken by the rights holder Marvel. Marvel took the decision to release Avengers: E...
This counterfeit piggy went to market…
Apr 23, 2019
Entertainment One ("eOne"), the Canadian company that creates and owns the precocious but tedious Peppa Pig (and her family and friends) have been hard at work suing a plethora of ...
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 ...
Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians
Feb 27, 2019
The wider Kardashian family (including younger sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner) do not seem to be able to stay out of the intellectual property news lately. Perhaps that is becau...
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