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Scottish Pub Infringes Premier League Copyright
Feb 22, 2016
A pub in Glasgow has been ordered by a court to pay the Football Association Premier League (Football Association) for copyright infringement, damages and costs after using foreign...
Kanye West Money Troubles Not Helped By Piracy of New Album
Feb 19, 2016
You may have seen in the news recently that American rapper and record producer Kanye West claims to be in millions of dollars of debt and has even made a bizarre, but seemingly se...
'GIF'-ing Copyright Infringers a Break?
Feb 11, 2016
A GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a moving image posted to a web page. A GIF can be very short clip of a film or a mixture of a number of films that play over and over again. ...
Performing Rights Societies Set To Merge
Feb 5, 2016
Two collective rights management organisations are to merge. PRS for Music (Performing Rights Society – PRS) represents the rights of over 115,000 songwriters, composers and music ...
Collective Rights Organisation Fails to Collect in Dispute with YouTube
Feb 4, 2016
The Higher Regional Court in Munich has issued a decision in a dispute between YouTube and collective rights organisation GEMA. The Court held that YouTube is not accountable for c...
Only the Joker Left to Play in Batmobile Copyright Dispute
Feb 1, 2016
In the US a mechanic who made Batmobiles has petitioned the highest court in the US, the Supreme Court, to review his dispute with Warner Bros owned DC Comics ("DC"). Background ...
Irish Court Dismisses Copyright Case Against the 'Visit Wales' Campaign
Jan 29, 2016
A Court in Dublin, Ireland, has thrown out a claim for breach of copyright against the Welsh government over their use of photographs of Dylan Thomas. Photographs of the famous poe...
Plenty of Horsing Around in 'My Little Pony' Dispute
Jan 27, 2016
In the US, Font Brothers has filed a claim against one of the biggest toy manufacturers, Hasbro and their 'My Little Pony' brand for the alleged usage of its 'Generation B' font on...
Counting the Cost of Counterfeiting in Cheetham Hill, Manchester
Jan 19, 2016
In a report published today the impact of counterfeiting and the sale of black market goods in Manchester is laid bare. In a statement by the Minister for Intellectual Property, B...
Copyright/Trademark Infringement, Jurisdiction and the Internet
Jan 13, 2016
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has addressed the issue of jurisdiction in relation to allegations of copyright infringement online. In cases such as: Pinckney an...
Jolly Fine Mess for Publisher of Bill Bryson Book
Jan 12, 2016
The publishers of a popular travel writer, who used the iconic Jolly Fisherman emblem on the front cover of his new book and then slated the resort, have apologised. The Skegness ...
'Provocative' Artist Faces Copyright Claim Over Social Media Images
Jan 8, 2016
Only yesterday we wrote that it appears to be becoming increasingly common that journalists are using photographs without the permission of the photographer. We now report on an in...
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