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News about copyright

Numerous books are written, countless pictures taken and large amounts of new music and pieces of art are created every day. But, alongside that creativity comes the risk of copyright infringement. These days, it's simple to download music or films from the internet without the creator of that work's knowledge or approval. Similarly, books, photographs and works of art are routinely (and illegally) being copied and distributed. That’s why copyright issues are in the news so frequently. You can follow all the developments in this area in our copyright news.

Rappers battle over copyright to word ‘oh’


Is the word ‘oh’ protectable by copyright? Yes, according to record label TufAmerica. It has filed a lawsuit against rapper Jay Z because he sampled the word from a song by jazz artist Eddie Bo in his hit single Run This Town. Novagraaf’s Michaël Sumer sets out the background to the dispute.


Social media threat as counterfeiting continues to grow


The IP Crime Report 2013/14 reveals that social media has overtaken auction sites as the lead channel for counterfeit activity.


Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets


IP isn’t always the first priority for a business preparing for an initial public offering (IPO); however, the sooner you start thinking about your IP assets, the better prepared you’ll be, says Alastair Rawlence.


Led Zeppelin in copyright dispute over ‘Stairway to Heaven’


It’s one of the 1970’s most recognised guitar rifts, but Led Zeppelin will shortly be in court to defend ‘Stairway to Heaven’ against accusations of plagiarism.


But first, let me take a selfie


Self-portrait photographs are now such a part of popular culture that the word “selfie” was added to the revised version of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary this month. Selfies have also created a very grey area in respect of copyright ownership, says Novagraaf UK’s Magdalena Borucka.


Getting your IP in order: preparing for an IPO


Alastair Rawlence kicks off a series of articles setting out advice for organisations looking to consolidate their IP portfolios and to align their IP with their business strategies


2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: football and IP


Things are heating up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Two days from now, Brazil will meet Croatia in Sao Paulo for the opening match. The Fédération Internationale of Football Association (FIFA) and the national teams have been preparing for the event for years. Not only regarding the game of football but also when it comes to the protection of Intellectual Property (IP). A special law..


Hey, driver! Are you licensed to play that music?


You have to enter licensing agreements in order to play copyright-protected music in restaurants, hotels and even lifts, but what about the music that is played on coaches or by taxi drivers? Novagraaf’s Magdalena Borucka set out to discover whether such usage constitutes copyright infringement, and if the infringers even know that they may be breaking the law.


Keep on moving: the role of IP in the music industry


Music and IP law are an unconventional yet inseparable couple, and the first five months of 2014 have already been rich in copyright and trademark disputes. Novagraaf’s Magdalena Borucka picks out some highlights.


Download ban, what’s in a name?


Two weeks ago the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the Dutch system of fair compensation for private use copies of copyrighted work was unfairly including a compensation for the damages to authors due to ‘illegal downloads’. This unleashed quite some commotion in the Netherlands on the day of the judgment and Secretary of State Fred Teeven promised to respond with a formal letter..