Faded piano keys

AI hits the wrong note – artificial intelligence still some way to go when detecting copyright infringement

James Rhodes is a classical pianist. He recorded himself playing Bach in his living room and posted the recording on YouTube as he has done on countless other occasions. YouTube immediately removed the video claiming infringement in 47 seconds of the video. Almost immediately stories were circulating on the internet headed ‘Sony Owns Bach’. As…

Heks’nkaas

Heks’nkaas fails to obtain copyright protection for the taste of cheese

A dispute over the exclusive right of reproduction due to the similarity in taste between two Dutch cheese producers, Levola, producer of ‘Heks’nkaas’, and Smilde, producer of ‘Witte Wievenkaas’, led to the Dutch Court of Appeal to refer questions to the CJEU: 1) Whether EU law allows copyright protection in taste; 2) If so, what requirements…

Colourful unicorn

Back to Rainbows, Unicorns and Smiley faces for Tesla, Elon Musk and Tom Edwards 

Those who read our recent blog article entitled “A Farting Unicorn’s Musky Attraction!” will be familiar with the copyright dispute that recently engulfed Tesla tycoon Elon Musk over Tesla’s use of a unicorn farting. To recap for those who aren’t aware of the saga, relatively unknown Coloradoan potter – Tom Edwards designed and produced a…