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Rock band sued for over-use of llamas

Yes, you read that right. The American rock band Fall Out Boy are being sued by puppet maker Furry Puppet Studio for the excessive use of, well, llamas. The puppet maker was commissioned to create two llama puppets to feature in the band’s video Young and Menace. The llamas proved so popular that the band began using them as props on stage during live shows, on merchandise, and various other content created by the band.…
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Spotify and the importance of Licences

Spotify has been at the forefront of providing a new way to instantly listen to (or rather stream) new songs released by your favourite artists and its model of providing free streaming services with adverts (which cannot be listened to offline) or monthly subscription streaming services (which do not have adverts and can be listened to offline) seems to help discourage the downloading/streaming of music without the permission of copyright holders. However, the 2008 streaming…
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Facebook Reportedly tries to Licence Rights for its Users to Upload Videos containing Songs

In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly stated that “in five years, most of [Facebook] will be video”. You only need to look at your Facebook newsfeed to see that it is becoming dominated with users sharing, and tagging each other in, video posts. A further example of this move towards video can be seen in Facebook’s September 2017 launch of its own video platform (in the US for now) called ‘Watch’. The prevalence of video on…
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Untangling the Web of Spider-Man and Intellectual Property

‘Spider-Man’ recently returned to the big screen, making a cameo in Marvel Studios’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and now in a new standalone Sony Pictures’ film entitled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Many fans had been calling for the ‘friendly neighbourhood hero’ to appear alongside Marvel’s other on screen superheroes, but this was more complicated than it may appear.   Background In the late nineties, Marvel licensed the film rights associated with some of its most well-known fictional superheroes to…
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