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Fabric design

Fabrics can be protected by copyright in the UK

In a recent case the UK court ruled that fabric design can be protected by copyright as a work of artistic craftsmanship and the sale of clothes made from such fabric can amount to copyright infringement. Response, a clothing company, supplied EWM, a major retailer of clothing, with women’s tops made of a jacquard fabric with a ‘wave arrangement’ design. After Response increased their prices, EWM found alternative suppliers of the clothing items made from…
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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 Cinematic Universe to win an Academy Award. The movie illustrates and draws from African heritage. The movie went on to…
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Brexit

We still need to talk about Brexit (sorry)

For most people in the UK, whichever side of the political divide they sit, mentioning Brexit is fast becoming the equivalent to running over your neighbour’s cat. Careless, disrespectful and, ultimately, unforgivable. However, you’re going to have to forgive me for bringing it up again. Not because I want to upset you but instead because I want to warn you (and I promise this isn’t project fear). I need to warn you that now is…
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Headphones

Rap royalties

Two of the most famous producers in the world have recently appeared in court for a case involving the iconic Beats headphones. Andre Young or “Dr Dre” as he is better known, testified with his friend Jimmy Iovine against their former business partner Steven Lamar who sued the two for $100 million dollars over royalties owed for the Beats headphone design. The case hinged around a breach of contract between Lamar and the two producers…
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Plane Pal vs Fly ToT

PLANE PAL and FLY TOT – airplane pillow design dispute

The PLANE PAL product and the FLY TOT product Samantha Cardone designed and developed the Plane Pal inflatable cushion with a view to helping children sleep better on planes. Winnie Lu and Kate Kuo allege that Cordone stole the design from the Fly Tot product design and developed by their U.S. company. Spot the difference   The Background scoop Lu and Kuo allege that Cardone contacted them asking to be the Australian distributor for the…
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