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Gigi Hadid's face gets her in trouble again
Jan 30, 2019
Gigi Hadid is being sued by Xclusive Lee Inc, ("Xclusive") for sharing a picture of herself. The allegation is that on 12 October 2018 Hadid posted a photograph entitled "Gigi Hadi...
Netflix joins Hollywood's biggest labels in trade association
Jan 24, 2019
The Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA") is a trade association and lobbying group that works to further the interests of the movie and TV industry in the US. Its members...
How the pirate tables have turned
Jan 21, 2019
This has to be one of the more ironic news stories we have reported here. First, some background. TVZion is a pirate app that operates in the same way that Netflix or PrimeVideo do...
Match Group taking left swipes at Tinder's co-founder
Jan 18, 2019
It is a common problem. A founder, director or senior employee is leaving, and the company needs to protect itself from that person taking with them trade secrets, databases, or ot...
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...
Smells Like Copyright Infringement
Jan 3, 2019
Marc Jacobs, the American fashion designer and owner of his own, self-named, fashion brand, has come under fire following the release of his new fashion line, the Redux Grunge Coll...
YouTube and the European Copyright Directive
Jan 2, 2019
Back in September we reported on the new European Copyright Directive which was backed by EU lawmakers. The articles can be read here and here. The new legislation aims to protect ...
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...
"Kodi No Limits" has no place on YouTube
Dec 10, 2018
As we have reported in the past, Kodi boxes are pieces entertainment hardware that, when paired with add-ons, allow access to illegal streams of premium television channels and 'On...
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