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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...
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. ...
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