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Counterfeit World Cup merchandise seized in Hong Kong
Jun 18, 2018
Hong Kong Customs has seized more than HK$15 million (£1.4m) worth of counterfeit FIFA World Cup merchandise in the last two months under the authorities' appropriately named 'Oper...
Handelsgericht gives surprise YouTube judgment
Jun 7, 2018
There has been much debate in recent years as to whether websites that host user-submitted content should be liable for intellectual property infringements committed by the display...
Moonwalking all over Disney
May 31, 2018
The Michael Jackson Estate ("the Estate") is suing the Walt Disney Company ("Disney") and ABC for unauthorised use of dozens of copyrighted works. The use relates to the Disney pro...
Player Unknown to sue Fortnite
May 29, 2018
PUBG Corp., the developer behind Player Unknown's Battle Ground ("PUBG"), has issued proceedings in South Korea to determine whether Epic Games have infringed on copyright in the c...
Script to sue James Arthur over copyright infringement
May 24, 2018
Richard Busch, the intellectual property lawyer who acted for the estate of Marvin Gaye in the "Blurred Lines" dispute, is now representing Irish band The Script in a claim against...
Are Russian courts using pirated software?
May 1, 2018
That is the bold claim of one of the countries former assistant judges in a complaint filed with the Intellectual Property Rights Court in Russia. It is alleged that the IP court i...
Naruto cannot own copyright
Apr 25, 2018
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has handed down a decision in an infamous dispute between a photographer and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). T...
Tattoo artist brings copyright infringement claim against game publishers
Apr 24, 2018
WWE and 2K Games (publishers of video games) are in the midst of a copyright infringement lawsuit relating to tattoo designs reproduced in their video games. Catherine Alexander, t...
Stranger Things than duffing up the Duffer brothers
Apr 12, 2018
The Duffer brothers, creators of the hit Netflix drama Stranger Things, have been served with a claim of copyright infringement that, if successful, could end the franchise. The c...
Copyright in tattoos… on a computer game?
Apr 5, 2018
Solid Oak Sketches ("SOS") acquired an exclusive license covering tattoo art on various (high profile) NBA stars from their respective tattoo artists. In 2016 it began proceedings ...
Hú trademark threatens to thwart cartoonist's t-shirt scheme
Apr 3, 2018
Hugleikur Dagsson has found that he may not legally sell t-shirts that he has produced featuring the Hú chant, much beloved by football fans worldwide since the Icelandic national ...
Unofficial Swedish subtitling to end
Mar 26, 2018
The Court of Appeal in Sweden has held that the unlicensed creation of subtitles for films and TV shows is an infringement of copyright in those films and TV shows. While producti...
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