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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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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...
Much ado about trademark infringement
Feb 25, 2019
The Public Theatre, the group responsible for the internationally acclaimed "Shakespeare in the Park" theatre productions held each summer in Manhattan's Central Park, has filed a ...
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 ...
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...
Start wearing purple wearing purple…
Feb 7, 2019
So sang Gogol Bordello in their gypsy punk hit in 2006. It was the band's breakthrough track and they have sadly failed to stay in the mainstream ever since. Cadbury, however, fear...
Unicode to add accessibility-themed emojis
Feb 6, 2019
The Unicode Consortium ("Unicode"), the group that controls emojis, has announced that its sixth update of the official database will include 230 emojis, some themed around disabil...
BURGER KING MOCKS MCDONALD'S WITH 'NOT BIG MACS' MENU
Feb 4, 2019
Recently McDonald's lost its trade mark battle with Irish chain Supermac's over its trademark rights in the words 'Big Mac' as McDonald's had dropped a Whopper by failing to prove ...
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...
Red Bull files 'grey market' goods lawsuit against US petrol station
Jan 23, 2019
Grey market goods can often be a confusing topic. Black market goods are clearly defined and (often) easily identifiable: they are counterfeits with no link to the legitimate manuf...
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