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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...
Social Media Copyright Issues - Photographs, Journalists and the Individual
Jan 6, 2016
The use of photographs by journalists without the permission of the photographer or author appears to be becoming more common but what does this mean from an IP law perspective for...
Big Bang Theory Sued for Copyright Infringement of "Soft Kitty" Poem
Jan 4, 2016
CBS (and others), the network behind Big Bang Theory – the stars of which recently topped a list of the world's highest paid TV actors – is facing a claim for copyright infringemen...
Candles Are Blown Out In "Happy Birthday Lyrics" Dispute
Dec 15, 2015
On 17 November 2015, we reported that a US charity called the Association for Childhood Education International ("ACEI") filed a motion on 9 November 2015 to intervene in the long-...
Copyright: Ownership and Assignment, and Henry Hadaway
Dec 11, 2015
A recent case involving a copyright ownership dispute in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court exemplifies the importance of having clear intellectual property ownership provi...
New Order Band Mates' Firmly On The 'Hook'
Dec 3, 2015
Peter Hook was the bass player with New Order until his departure in 2007. Following his departure Hook formed a new band, Peter Hook and the Light, with which he is now touring. ...
German Museum Sues Wikimedia Over Photographs of Works of Art
Dec 2, 2015
Wikimedia is facing allegations that it has breached copyright law in Germany over the publication of photographs showing works of art which are in the public domain. A German mus...
Online Software Pirate "Off The Hook" Following Copyright Infringement
Nov 30, 2015
In a recent case an online software pirate settled claims against him on unusual out of court terms with a number of jointly represented leading software companies, including Micro...
UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against 'Copycat Packaging'
Nov 25, 2015
After a year-long consultation, the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills ("BIS") has concluded that brand owners should not be able to seek civil injunction...
Oslo City Council Left 'Screaming' Over Refusal to Register Munch Trademarks
Nov 24, 2015
In Oslo, Norway, there is a portfolio of pending trade mark applications for art which includes the works of the artist Edvard Munch who died in 1944 and the sculptor Gustav Vigela...
Tasty Mock Trial Event Finds that Risotto can be Protected by Intellectual Property Rights
Nov 23, 2015
In a recent mock trial event hosted in a museum in Milan, Judges held that a superstar chef's "Riso, oro e Zafferano" (rice, gold and saffron) was protected by various forms of int...
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