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Pharrell Williams far from happy with President Trump
Nov 2, 2018
US President, Donald Trump, has been warned from R&B artist, Pharrell Williams, to stop playing his music at political events. One of Pharrell's biggest hits, Happy, was the song o...
Baby Can I Hold You to copyright infringement?
Oct 25, 2018
Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has filed a copyright infringement claim against rapper Nicki Minaj alleging that Minaj has sampled her song without her permission. It is claimed ...
Not all uses of VPNs are illegitimate
Oct 23, 2018
When somebody tells you that they use a Virtual Private Network ("VPN") through which to access the internet as a whole, the mind is immediately drawn to the illicit activities tha...
Louis Vuitton Bag a Trade Mark Victory
Oct 22, 2018
French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, has succeeded in a trade mark infringement battle against The Face Shop for using their famous designs on its products. The Face Shop is a man...
Brexit and the Potential Impacts on the Tobacco Industry
Oct 12, 2018
It's six months to go until the UK leaves the EU and, at the moment, a deal has still not been made. The UK Department of Health and Social Care have announced that, in preparation...
Eleven Sports testing the old guard's reserve
Oct 11, 2018
When the lawful exploitation of intellectual property rights is contradictory to government legislation, the legislation normally wins. Since the 1960s there has been a "blackout"...
Megaupload Court Battle Continues….
Oct 4, 2018
Back in February, we reported on Megaupload's mega extradition battle, the article can be read here. For those that may not know, Megaupload was the file sharing service which ena...
Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of endorsing IP violations
Oct 3, 2018
Qatar's Minister of Economy and Commerce has made a filing at the World Trade Organization accusing Saudi Arabia of significant and sustained violation of intellectual property rig...
Twitter's terms and conditions gutted in Paris
Oct 2, 2018
The Tribunal de Grande Instance ("Paris Tribunal") has meticulously cleared out unfair terms and conditions imposed on users by Twitter. As we all know, nobody reads the terms and ...
Stairway to Heaven's opening riff causing a stir
Oct 1, 2018
The trustee of the music estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe has been granted permission to have a California court reconsider whether Stairway to Heaven's opening riff is a breac...
Reddit joins the fight against piracy
Sep 26, 2018
As we have reported in the past, Reddit is a user-submission based site made up of 'sub-reddits' or 'subs' focussed on different topics. There is one for sharing pictures of cute c...
The Weeknd & Daft Punk troubled over copyright infringement claim
Sep 21, 2018
It has been reported this week that The Weeknd & Daft Punk, the music artists behind the chart-topping hit 'Starboy', have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit. The suit...
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