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Turn that frown upside-down!

Designer Marc Jacobs is shaking up the fashion world again! In December 2018, the estate of rock band Nirvana filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against renowned fashion label Marc Jacobs for using their signature ‘happy face’ logo on their t-shirt. The logo was created by the band’s frontman the late Kurt Cobain and, as it was sported by thousands of teens all over the world in the 90s, it caused the logo to symbolise the…
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Man vs Machine – the battle for originality

Now we all know there have been big leaps in technology throughout the last 10 years. We are stepping into the realms of artificial intelligence (AI). However, a question that springs to mind is if an AI robot was to create an original piece of work, who owns the copyright? Presently, we are not there yet with AI to create original pieces work but we are not far off, so the question does need to…
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Do photographers always require signed image release forms?

In short – sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. The key issues at play are: i)                    does a photograph amount to “personal data”?; and ii)                   did the individual being photographed reasonably expect privacy at the time of the photograph being taken? Let’s look at each in turn: i)                    Most of the time, photographs will be “personal data” provided that an individual can be identified from that image. In fact, any information which can be used…
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Copyright Directive receives final approval of the European Parliament

On 26th March 2019 the Copyright Directive received final approval of the European Parliament. The draft Directive first published in September 2016 introduced sweeping changes to the way in which copyright will be enforced in the EU. The Directive has been on a long and fraught journey but is now due to be implemented in each member state of the European Union by the summer of 2021. The two contentious articles which most of the…
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Copyright is for losers? Banksy changes his tune …

Having previously asserted that “copyright is for losers”, Banksy appears to have changed his stance on intellectual property rights. Last month he won a case concerning the unauthorised use of his brand and artwork on merchandise. At the end of last year, the company that handles and authenticates Banksy’s artworks took action against ‘A visual protest: The art of Banksy’ an exhibition at the Mudec Museum in Milan running from November 2018 until April 2019.…
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Apple and pear shapes not same: Apple loses battle to stop pears getting to trade mark register

At last, just when you thought trade mark law was going pear shaped and it was going to become more problematical explaining to a business what sort of trade marks they could register without fear of opposition, the Court of Justice of the European Communities has decided that the two images shown below are different enough to prevent Apple from preventing Pear Technologies registering its pear logo. While we are confident a SurveyMonkey poll of…
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