McDonalds facing a string of copyright infringement suits

Oh dear oh dear, what is the matter with McDonalds? Their corporate website is full of warm and fluffy statements about how seriously they take their corporate social responsibility. They are into ‘Recycling’, ‘Reusing’ and Supporting youngsters and the community.’  Really – how come then that they are facing a string of copyright infringement suits…

Playtime is over: EU court rules hyperlinks infringe copyright

Earlier this month, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that hyperlinking to creative works protected by copyright (i.e. protected works) can constitute infringement where such works have been made available to the public on the internet without the consent of the copyright owner. This confirmation will undoubtedly have significant ramifications, particularly…

Calling all designers: Are your iconic 3D works about to get back into full copyright? Intellectual Property Office issues guidance note 9 September 2016

The long awaited repeal to Section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 is due to take effect on 28th October 2016. From that date 3D works which have been mass produced and in respect of which registered and/or unregistered design rights has expired may benefit from full copyright protection, which is the…

Music Industry Copyright

On 1 October 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 came into force, implementing Article 5(2)(b) of the Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC) to provide, for the first time in UK law, an exception to copyright infringement for the purposes of private copying. This new exception allows individuals in the…

Wikimedia Sweden left ‘greatly disappointed’ after court ruling

Wikimedia is part of the not-for-profit foundation that oversees Wikipedia and was found by Sweden’s highest court to have violated copyright laws by providing free access to its database of public artwork without the artists’ consent. The Visual Copyright Society in Sweden (BUS) is a group that represents painters, photographers, illustrators and designers (among others)…

Google – Creating pirates out of all of us?

A new claim has been made against Google; this time from Getty Images. Getty is due to file a complaint with the European Commission about Google’s high resolution image search. Whilst this makes Google’s image search results clearer, Getty alleges that it has an effect on consumers – as they don’t need to visit the…

Fair dealing gets bowled out

Can copying 8 seconds of a cricket match lasting around 2 hours constitute copyright infringement? According to the High Court of Justice Chancery Division inEngland And Wales Cricket Board Ltd & Anor v Tixdaq & Anor [2016] EWHC 575 (Ch) it can. The case is also noteworthy as a fair dealing defence was ran. Facts…