Dark horse

Katy Perry fanning the Flame

You may recall my beautifully written article last month about the judgment against Katy Perry in which she and Capitol records were ordered to pay the generous sum of $2.78 million in damages to Marcus Gray aka Flame (apparently he is big in the Christian rap game) over her song Dark Horse which tore up…

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…

Fashion

The only requirement for copyright protection of fashion designs in the EU is their originality

In 2013 in Portugal G-Star Raw brought a copyright infringement claim against a clothing company called Cofemel in relation to their signature designs of jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts. G-Star Raw stated that their fashion designs were protected by copyright as they were the designer’s own intellectual creations (which is the harmonised standard of originality requirement…

emojis

Emojis: A Global Phenomenon

17 July is noteworthy for a number of reasons. In 1048, it was the date on which Damasus II was elected pope. In 1821, it was the date on which the Kingdom of Spain ceded the territory of Florida to the United States. In 1955, it was the date on which Disneyland was opened by…

Kente design pattern

Wakanda’s Woes with copyright!

Black Panther is a blockbuster Marvel movie produced in 2018. The superhero movie was based on a fictional African country Wakanda, a hidden technologically advanced country. Black Panther became the first comic book and superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as the first film in the Marvel…