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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Discussion of Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive
Nov 20, 2018
The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (more commonly known as The European Copyright Directive) is draft legislation that has the potential to forever change the ...
Can India's new pornography ban actually work?
Oct 30, 2018
The Indian Government has reinstated its ban on access to pornographic material online. Rather than blanket ban access to websites that are tagged as "adult" themed (similar to the...
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 ...
Kylie Jenner sued over 'Born to Sparkle' range
Oct 24, 2018
Celebrities are often at the centre of legal wrangling over intellectual property, and Kylie Jenner is no exception. In fact, Kylie Jenner (whose name we use in full for obvious M...
Microsoft changes stance on Open Source Software
Oct 15, 2018
For decades Microsoft has fought to protect its intellectual property and interests by refusing to assist in the freeing of source materials to allow third parties to develop appli...
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...
Twitter's terms and conditions gutted in Paris
Oct 2, 2018
The Tribunal de Grande Instance ("Paris Tribunal") has meticulously cleared out unfair terms and conditions imposed on users by Twitter. As we all know, nobody reads the terms and ...
Stairway to Heaven's opening riff causing a stir
Oct 1, 2018
The trustee of the music estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe has been granted permission to have a California court reconsider whether Stairway to Heaven's opening riff is a breac...
Reddit joins the fight against piracy
Sep 26, 2018
As we have reported in the past, Reddit is a user-submission based site made up of 'sub-reddits' or 'subs' focussed on different topics. There is one for sharing pictures of cute c...
Weetabix sidelined by Weet-bix in New Zealand
Sep 25, 2018
A British shop in New Zealand called 'A Little Bit of Britain' has lost its battle against breakfast cereal producer Sanitarium. We previously reported the story here in August 201...
Twitch.tv blocked in China
Sep 24, 2018
We have written here before about the uprising of streaming service Twitch, which although originally aimed at the online gaming and e-sports market, has since branched out in to a...
City of London Police win IP Enforcement Award
Sep 20, 2018
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit ("PIPCU") has been given the Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement by the US Chamber of Com...
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