Does Facebook, or other social media platforms, have an obligation not just to delete defamatory posts, but other posts with an equivalent meaning? This was a question that the European Court of Justice (the “CJEU”) recently considered. Facts A Facebook user shared an article about an Austrian Green Party politician and posted a comment, which was defamatory on Facebook. The politician requested Facebook remove the post on the basis it was defamatory, but Facebook refused.…continue reading
Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping back as members of the Royal Family, you could be forgiven for thinking that recent media coverage reads like a leaked script for season 4 of The Crown. Amongst the many questions (or varying interest and relevance) which are being asked about this royal development, one which has caught some journalists’ eye is whether, and how, this will affect the Sussexes’ ongoing legal battle…continue reading
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 Mathers). Owning the copyright to music is a valuable asset which can be commercially exploited by way of licensing, as…continue reading
You may recall a few months ago we wrote about the copyright infringement case brought against Katy Perry by Christian hip hop artist Marcus Gray or Flame as he is known (don’t worry, we haven’t heard of him either) and two others over her song Dark Horse. The plaintiffs claimed that Perry and the other producers and songwriters who worked on the song copied the beat from Flame’s song Joyful Noise. The defendants argued that…continue reading
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 PR and social media teams to take note. Namely that you don’t have the right to publish any photograph of…continue reading
Some months ago, I read an article in a money magazine headed ‘Are Aldi’s ‘copycat brands good value for money?’. The piece went on to review 10 products across a diverse range of products including food detergents and make-up. The rating given to the various ‘copycat’ items varied but for most the reviews were positive, identified differences and where the copy product was not as good as the original but largely went on the say…continue reading
A recent UK Intellectual Property Office decision has provided clarity on the scope of protection offered by word-only trade mark registrations in the UK, particularly when such marks are being enforced against similar figurative trade marks. William Grant & Sons Ltd (WGS), the independent, family-owned Scottish distillery (and owner of a UK trade mark registration for the mark ‘GLENFIDDICH’) opposed the registration of Vivek Anasane’s trade mark application for the below ‘GLENFIELD’ (Figurative) trade mark:…continue reading
Angry Birds is a beloved mobile game created by Rovio Entertainment. It was first released for iOS in 2006 and since then it has been downloaded billions of times worldwide. There has also been an Angry Birds movie, a comic book mini-series and a comic strip series. The sequel to the first movie is due to be released in the US this year. Needless to mention, Angry Birds is a mega money-maker. So it’s not…continue reading
Basketball star Kawhi Leonard is taking on Nike, his former sponsor, in a trade mark dispute over his personal logo. Kawhi originally designed his signature logo, “KLAW”, in his college years, a design which consists of his initials ‘KL’ and his jersey number ‘2’ stylised into the shape of his famously large hands which, spectators say, have contributed to his success as a basketball player. According to the lawsuit, Kawhi gave Nike permission to use…continue reading
So, your business or product has been featured in a newspaper or magazine article and you want to share it with the world. Are you free to do so? You might think that because an article is about you or your business or your products that you can copy it, reproduce it, share it, or distribute it as you wish. This is not the case. The Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988 gives authors of…continue reading
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