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Dawn Ellmore looks at the recent copyright claim against Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers football club may have a high chance of making the Premier League, but a copyright claim has been made that could cost them. The logo used by Wolves since the 1960s is the distinctive wolf head, which stands… Continue Reading →

The shape of things to come – Ed Sheeran hit with another copyright claim

Has Ed Sheeran come unstuck with a new copyright claim over a song he co-wrote with country music legends Faith Hill and Tim McGraw? Two Australian songwriters are hoping so, as they are suing the three artists over claims that… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore blog examines LEGO’s landmark copyright case

Danish toy giant LEGO has won its landmark copyright case against copycat products in China. It’s the first competition case Lego has won against Chinese companies that have been making products that are almost the same as its iconic toy… Continue Reading →

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 →

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