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Universal Music Group knocking on heaven’s door with new acquisition
Dec 7, 2020
Universal Music Group (“UMG”) has acquired the rights to Bob Dylan’s entire catalogue of music. The acquisition is thought to be one of UMG’s biggest by value, estimated at somewhe...
US Court gives ruling on copyright in tattoos
Nov 26, 2020
Last month we reported on a copyright claim that was brought by tattoo artist Catherine Alexander, whose clientele include renowned WWE superstar Randy Orton. Alexander brought a ...
NFL and other leagues face a battle for music
Nov 19, 2020
Record labels within the music industry are beginning to crack down on the infringing use of their artists’ materials by football teams of the National Football League (“NFL”) and ...
Bad blood with Scooter Braun continues…
Nov 18, 2020
The saga between Taylor Swift and American music mogul entrepreneur, Scooter Braun, has just hit a new level of hostility. For those that don’t know, Swift and Braun have had a...
Can the court channel their inner Sherlock Holmes and detect copyright infringement?
Nov 3, 2020
Netflix’s new mystery movie Enola Holmes has not pleased all of its audience, namely the estate of the Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The estate filed a copyright ...
Significant music rights acquisition lets individuals buy shares of songs
Nov 2, 2020
Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired the copyright in around 33,000 songs including a 50% share in All I Want For Christmas Is You, and Let It Go (from the Frozen soundtrack). Hipg...
Photographer sues Yahoo for use of his photographs
Oct 28, 2020
Howard Schatz is an award winning American photographer, who on Wednesday 21 October 2020 filed a complaint at the Central District of California against Verizon Communications. I...
Oracle v Google; the decade long dispute nears an end
Oct 22, 2020
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments from both Google and Oracle in the decade long lawsuit regarding copyright and Google’s Android software....
Content Delivery Networks – could porn change how the internet works?
Oct 20, 2020
OnlyFans is a subscription based content platform, similar to Patreon, but that has a strong bias towards adult content. Deniece Waidhofer is an adult model that posts images o...
WWE faces dispute over use of wrestlers’ tattoos
Oct 19, 2020
Catherine Alexander is the tattoo artist of renowned World Wrestling Entertainment (“WWE”) superstar Randy Orton. Alexander has brought a claim for copyright infringement against ...
What next for the Aboriginal flag?
Oct 15, 2020
The Aboriginal flag represents the Aboriginal Australians and holds special legal and political status for the Aboriginal people. Unlike many official national flags, the Aborigin...
Freeplay Music or Free to Play Music? That is the question.
Oct 12, 2020
Freeplay Music Company is a music productions company that provides a library of music tracks for its customers. Earlier in April this year, Freeplay Music issued a claim against ...
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