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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...
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...
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...
Fortnite in multi-way dance battle
Dec 19, 2018
Fortnite (or rather its owner, Epic Games) is no stranger to lawsuits. We have reported previously that it was sued by the makers of Player Unknown's Battlegrounds for various alle...
EU publishes its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List
Dec 11, 2018
Following in the footsteps of the US, the EU has published its first Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List. The list focuses on four main areas where counterfeiting and piracy are m...
Pornhub succeeds in domain dispute against Pornhob
Dec 5, 2018
In days gone by a big gripe of successful companies was rivals commencing business with a very (and confusingly) similar company name. In England and Wales, the Company Names Tribu...
IP Minister in Brexit resignation
Dec 3, 2018
Over the weekend the minister with responsibility for Intellectual Property matters, Sam Gyimah, resigned from government. The Secretary of State for Universities, Science, Resear...
A devilishly good deal for Sabrina
Nov 29, 2018
Earlier in the month, we reported that The Satanic Temple ("ST") had threatened legal action against Netflix for copyright infringement. The allegation is that Netflix copied the S...
Counterfeit condoms: the riskiest intellectual property infringement going?
Nov 22, 2018
At one time or another even the most morally incorruptible person has considered the benefit of buying a counterfeit product or watching a pirated stream. Whether that is fake Oakl...
Discussion of Article 13 of the European Copyright Directive
Nov 20, 2018
The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (more commonly known as The European Copyright Directive) is draft legislation that has the potential to forever change the ...
Can India's new pornography ban actually work?
Oct 30, 2018
The Indian Government has reinstated its ban on access to pornographic material online. Rather than blanket ban access to websites that are tagged as "adult" themed (similar to the...
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