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Charity With Royalty Stake in 'Happy Birthday' Enters Dispute
Nov 17, 2015
'Happy Birthday To You' is one of the most popular songs in history so much so that the Guinness Book of Records claims it as the most recognisable song in the English language. O...
Premier League Wins In Claims Against Pub Landlords
Nov 12, 2015
A number of pubs across Tyneside and the rest of the UK have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds to the Premier League for unauthorised screening of live Premier League footbal...
The UKIPO's Orphan Works Register Turns One
Nov 6, 2015
Background One year ago the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) launched a new licensing scheme aimed at opening access to more than 91 million creative works who...
Taylor Swift Looks Set to 'Shake Off' Latest Legal Battle
Nov 3, 2015
Pop star Taylor Swift is being accused of stealing the words to her hit song "Shake It Off". As a result she is being sued for approximately $42m (£24m). U.S. based R&B singer Jes...
Government Consultation on Extension of Copyright for Industrially Manufactured Works
Oct 30, 2015
Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 limits the length duration of copyright protection for industrially applied artistic works – those created by industrial p...
Boo-Hoo - Copyright Does Not Subsist in Pomeranian Dog Toy
Oct 26, 2015
Copyright does not subsist in a toy of the world's 'cutest dog', a Pomeranian named Boo, according to The District Court in The Hague. Buddy Boo Inc. is an American Company founde...
Copyright Claim Against Jay Z "lacked standing"
Oct 23, 2015
Jay Z has come out of a week-long copyright infringement trial smiling. The rapper's 1999 hit Big Pimpin' incorporated a sample from a 1957 song by the late Baligh Hamdi, whose Nep...
Safe Harbour and Confusing Phrases
Oct 21, 2015
There has been a lot of deliberation and opinion in recent days following the decision of the CJEU in the Safe Harbour case C362/14, which involved shared personal data between the...
Donald Trump Campaign Threatened with Copyright Action
Oct 12, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been threatened by Aerosmith in relation to its song 'Dream On', which Trump has used at campaign events, apparently without perm...
Copyright, Settlement and Quantum in the IPEC
Oct 6, 2015
Frequently only the arguments and evidence which lead to the outcome at trial are reported. It is not often possible to look in detail at those cases which settle, because the agre...
UK Citizen Jailed for Internet Piracy Scam
Sep 14, 2015
A man in the UK has been jailed for running an illegal website offering access to the latest films and TV shows. Paul Mahoney reportedly made £300,000 through advertising on his we...
Copyright protection for photographs of Pope Francis?
Sep 3, 2015
A painting of Pope Francis, officially commissioned by the World Meeting of Families ahead of the Pope's visit to the USA, has been under scrutiny amidst allegations that is based ...
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