furniture

A step forward for copyright protection

A recent landmark decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has expanded the scope of copyright protection in the UK for 3D objects, such as furniture, and clothing. The requirement of ‘artistic craftsmanship’ Generally, for a 3D object to be protected in the UK by copyright law, in addition to satisfying…

Blue ivy

Beyoncé ‘Blue Ivy’ Battle

The name of the star’s 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is at the centre of an ongoing trade mark battle. In January 2016, Beyoncé filed an application to register a trade mark for “Blue Ivy Carter,” which would cover goods including fragrances, cosmetics, skincare, baby teething rings, playing cards and more. Beyoncé has attempted to…

GDPR

Data breach fines but what about reputation?

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being in force for over a year now, having brought confusion and fuss to businesses which the threat of fines running into the millions. Businesses rushed to make sure they were compliant with GDPR and have the correct policies and notices in place in order to avoid these…

Spotify

Will the real valid licence please stand up? Eight Mile Style go the extra mile against Spotify

Eminem’s music publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit against Spotify for copyright infringement. As Eminem’s music publishers (and therefore as a result of the publishing agreement signed between the two), Eight Mile Style own and control the copyright to the musical compositions written in whole or in part by Eminem (real name Marshall…

Photographer

Victoria Beckham sued for copyright infringement. Is there not a better way?

Even celebrities could benefit from some basic intellectual property law knowledge. We have previously reported on the claim against GiGi Hadid regarding a photograph she used of herself without securing the permission of the copyright owning photographer. The case received widespread attention and comment and one might have expected celebrities or if not celebrities their…