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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...
Louboutin puts it's foot down on trade mark infringement
Feb 11, 2019
Back in June we reported on how Louboutin had successfully defended its red sole trade mark from Dutch fashion chain, Van Haren: the full article can be read here. In summary, Lou...
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 ...
Far East Sues West
Jan 31, 2019
It has emerged this week that Kanye West, and his apparel brand, Yeezy Apparel Inc. (Yeezy), are being sued by a Japanese textiles company Toki Sen-I Co. The Yeezy apparel brand, f...
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...
US files criminal charges against Huawei
Jan 29, 2019
Huawei, the Chinese multinational conglomerate which specialises in telecommunications, has come under fire this week after the US Department of Justice charged the firm with a hos...
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...
EU Commission to investigate Nike tax rulings in the Netherlands
Jan 22, 2019
It has recently been announced that Nike is under investigation by the European Commission over its IP licensing arrangements in the Netherlands. Tax rulings by Dutch authorities i...
How the pirate tables have turned
Jan 21, 2019
This has to be one of the more ironic news stories we have reported here. First, some background. TVZion is a pirate app that operates in the same way that Netflix or PrimeVideo do...
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