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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.

IP ownership transfers: Getting your IP rights in order

11-07-2016

Intangible assets typically make up more than 50% of the value of a modern business. In some sectors (for example, pharmaceuticals), that percentage is much higher. In general, IP forms the greater part of these assets; it is hardly surprising that purchasers of businesses and their assets should pay careful attention to the process of perfecting ownership of IP rights.

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Led Zeppelin cleared in copyright dispute over ‘Stairway to Heaven’

24-06-2016

Jury in Los Angeles decides that the opening guitar riff of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was not copied from the Spirit track.

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EU to introduce new regime to protect trade secrets

31-05-2016

New legislation represents an attempt to harmonise approach to protecting trade secrets across Europe.

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Spoiler alert: the copyright battle following Game of Thrones

16-05-2016

Few can be unaware of the TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Inevitably, however, with great success also comes the threat of copyright theft; the series now has the dubious title of being the most pirated TV series ever. In an effort to keep the series exciting (for its paying customers), TV network producer HBO is also working to block the YouTube videos of the so-called ‘Spanish Spoiler’ -..

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Capturing value: IP as a driver for investment

01-04-2016

Patents, trademarks, designs and other forms of intellectual property (IP) play a key role in the success of all modern businesses. By providing a company with a legal means to prevent others from copying an invention, brand or product, IP rights enable inventors and creators to obtain a return on their investments in research and development, and to maximise the potential of their businesses,..

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When does music sampling constitute copyright infringement?

08-03-2016

Former *NSYNC singer Justin Timberlake and collaborator Will.I.Am are being sued over the use of a sample in the song ‘Damn girl’. The pop track, released in 2006, is allegedly similar to ‘A new day is here at last’, a disco track released by JD Davis in 1969. PK Music Performance, the company holding the copyright to the Davis song, is seeking damages and profits from the song. It has..

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When music copyright gets political

02-02-2016

Pop megastar Adele’s efforts to distance herself from US Republican candidate Donald Trump, after he used her music at his rallies, brings up once again the thorny issue of music copyright permission. Adele is not the first to object to the use of her music during a political campaign; for every Noel Gallagher who is happy to shout his endorsements from the rooftops, there’s a disgruntled..

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IP and business potential

16-10-2015

Patents, trademarks, designs and other forms of intellectual property (IP) play a key role in the success of all modern businesses. By providing a company with a legal means to prevent others from copying an invention, brand or product, IP rights enable inventors and creators to obtain a return on their investments in research and development, and to maximise the potential of their businesses,..

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06-10-2015

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Don’t get into a fight with the Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers

24-08-2015

The Rugby World Cup is among the top 10 largest sporting events in the world. The tournament is organised every four years and, this year, will be hosted by the UK from 18 September to 1 November. On previous form, it is likely that the Rugby World Cup organisation act will be as strict as FIFA and the International Olympic Committee when it comes to protecting its brands, sponsors and,..

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