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Copyright dispute over David Bowie image ends

As an artist, David Bowie fully understood the power of his image. Throughout his career, he developed and transformed, not just musically, but also visually, before our eyes – and from his period as Ziggy Stardust through to the Thin… Continue Reading →

What does ‘tangible’ mean when it comes to copyright?

A fundamental understanding of copyright law is the understanding of works that are “fixed in any tangible meaning of expression.” It’s at the core of the legal rights behind any original work, and without a tangible medium then copyright doesn’t… Continue Reading →

Industry insight: weekly news round up from the world of patent and trade mark law

Dawn Ellmore has noted some interesting cases this week…  Tiffany & Co v Costco Wholesale Corp – trade mark infringement Tiffany & Co has been granted the right to recover $11.1 million in lost profit (plus interest) and $8.25 million… Continue Reading →

‘Zootopia’ Copyright US Lawsuit Against Disney Dismissed

A US judge recently dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Disney for its animated award winning film “Zootopia”.  “Zootopia” was released in March 2016 and is the fifth-highest-grossing animated film of all time. The copyright infringement lawsuit was brought… Continue Reading →

Spotify to set up $43.45 Million Fund to Settle to Copyright Lawsuits

Swedish based music, podcast and video streaming service, Spotify which launched in 2008 recently announced it has agreed to set up a $43.45 million fund to settle a pair of US copyright lawsuits against the company from two indie songwritng… Continue Reading →

New Balance Wins China IP Lawsuit

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc recently won an intellectual property dispute in China. Chinese manufacturers copy products but sell them with a slight modification of the brand name.  For the copied New Balance shoes, customers were faced with similar looking… Continue Reading →

Eminem Takes New Zealand Political Party to Copyright Trial

US-based music publishers for Eminem are suing New Zealand’s conservative National Party for alleged copyright infringement of the rapper’s 2002 acclaimed “Lose Yourself” used as the party’s successful soundtrack for a 2014 election campaign TV advert (entitled “Eminem Esque”) that… Continue Reading →

How Legal is Memorabilia Containing The Pope’s Image?

There seems to have been a recent increase in tourist souvenirs and other memorabilia containing the representation of The Pope.  Some reasons for this include the great popularity of Pope Francis (the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church)… Continue Reading →

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Infringement Claim on Song ‘Photograph’

British singer song writer Ed Sheeran was recently reported to have settled a copyright infringement claim against him in the US worth $20m (£13.8m) with no admission of guilt. The infringement claim centred over Ed Sheeran’s 2014 song called ‘Photograph’… Continue Reading →

Disney’s Oscar Winning Film Zootopia Faces US Copyright Lawsuit

American film producer, director and animator Gary Goldman has filed a copyright lawsuit against Disney concerning their 3D film Zootopia which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and won Best Animated Feature Film at the 2017 Oscars. Gary who has over… Continue Reading →

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