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 →

UK Publishes Digital Strategy Outlining Plans for IP Protection for 3D Printing

Advances in 3D printing and the fact that 3D printers are now more readily accessible have made it easier and less expensive for companies to produce products and to manufacture them from a single article rather than needing multiple components…. Continue Reading →

EUIPO Study Reveals Scale of Economic Impact of IPR Infringements

A recent joint study by the European Patent Office (EUIPO) and the European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights found 42% of total economic activity and 28% of EU employment is generated by IPR-intensive industries.  The study estimated the… Continue Reading →

Disney Awarded Damages by Chinese Court Following Copyright Win for Film “Cars”

Disney and Pixar Animation were recently awarded damages by a Shanghai court after ruling that a Chinese-made film called “The Autobots” infringed copyright of Disney’s film “Cars”.  The infringing film, released in July 2015, had grossed the equivalent of $863,000. Chinese producer Bluemtv and… Continue Reading →

LinkedIn Files Lawsuit to Stop Unlawful Automatic Data Scraping

The professional networking company LinkedIn recently filed a lawsuit against 100 unnamed individuals for using automated software programs (or “bots”) to harvest user profiles from its website. The lawsuit is a preliminary step to revealing the identities of the scrapers — LinkedIn intends… Continue Reading →

Warner Bros. Awarded $2.6 Million Damages in US Legal Copyright Victory

The recent result upheld a ruling from a decade old copyright case involving images from the classic movies “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind,” as well as several “Tom and Jerry” shorts. The background to the case was… Continue Reading →

Recent Survey Confirms Intellectual Property is Good for the European Economy

A second EU-wide study was recently published by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  The study concerned the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (i.e. patents, trade marks, designs, copyright) on the European economy… Continue Reading →

Benefits of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

You can use the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) if you are involved in a dispute about intellectual property covering copyright, patents, registered designs and registered trade marks. The IPEC provides a cost effective arena for intellectual property claims, as… Continue Reading →

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