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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...
Match Group taking left swipes at Tinder's co-founder
Jan 18, 2019
It is a common problem. A founder, director or senior employee is leaving, and the company needs to protect itself from that person taking with them trade secrets, databases, or ot...
EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac
Jan 17, 2019
The EUIPO has handed down its judgment in the dispute between Irish fast food chain Supermac's and McDonald's. The dispute began in 2017 with Supermac's arguing that McDonald's was...
Fenty Family at War
Jan 16, 2019
Music artist Rihanna has made headlines this week after it has emerged that she is embroiled in a legal battle with her own father. The pop star, famous for music tracks such as '...
Premier League opens new office to tackle piracy
Jan 15, 2019
The Premier League has opened a dedicated office for the purposes of tackling piracy on behalf of both its members and its partners. Since selling the TV rights for a record £5.1b ...
India proposes prison sentences for low-tech cinema piracy
Jan 11, 2019
India has been a hotbed for digital piracy since internet access became mainstream in the developed towns and cities in the country. Both Hollywood and Bollywood have been consiste...
Breakfast at Costco
Jan 10, 2019
Back in 2016 we reported on the dispute between luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co (Tiffany) and US wholesaler, Costco. The article can be read here. The dispute, which arose...
Jury trial ordered in copyright claim against Ed Sheeran
Jan 7, 2019
The copyright infringement claim against Ed Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Atlantic Records for Sheeran's 2014 song "Thinking Out Loud" has moved forwards: but not how sin...
Lontex kick Nike with a trade mark infringement claim
Jan 4, 2019
Sportswear giant Nike Inc has been accused of trademark infringement by fellow American competitor, Lontex Corporation. Lontex has claimed Nike has used its branding term, 'Cool Co...
Smells Like Copyright Infringement
Jan 3, 2019
Marc Jacobs, the American fashion designer and owner of his own, self-named, fashion brand, has come under fire following the release of his new fashion line, the Redux Grunge Coll...
YouTube and the European Copyright Directive
Jan 2, 2019
Back in September we reported on the new European Copyright Directive which was backed by EU lawmakers. The articles can be read here and here. The new legislation aims to protect ...
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