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.
Are your IP contracts in order?
Contracts are part and parcel of business activity, and that’s also true for contracts relating to IP rights. Confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, merger or acquisition, sale or divestment, employee-inventor remuneration agreements… these are just some of the types of contracts that touch on a company’s IP portfolio. However, some contracts are more common than others...
Tintin in court, but who owns the copyright?
For many years, Moulinsart (also known in English as the Hergé Foundation) has zealously guarded the image of Hergé’s most famous creation, Tintin. Whenever Tintin has appeared without prior authorisation, the company has been quick to act and, by and large, it has been successful. However, an incident involving a Dutch fan club and a never-before-seen 73-year-old document may change that,..
Fighting fraud in the IP sector: progress at last?
IP holders are being targeted by companies masquerading as (fake) IP registries, directories and renewals organisations (see our story: Beware false registries targeting IP owners). These companies attempt to dupe IP owners into paying unnecessary or higher fees for the registration or renewal of their IP rights. However, despite the misleading nature of these practices, the authorities have..
What do our customers say about us?
At the end of 2014, Novagraaf conducted a customer satisfaction survey from its main offices in all five European countries. Novagraaf received an average customer satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10. A good result and an even better one than we received when we last undertook the survey in 2012. Respondents told us that they consider Novagraaf to be a reliable organisation, customer-oriented..
IP in the news: high stakes in the music industry
From the Blurred Lines copyright dispute to the Kraftwerk trademark, it seems that hardly a week goes by without another music IP case hitting the headlines.
An Innocent claim to the Dude!
A series of decisions at OHIM and the UK High Court has ruled on the legal and equitable ownership of copyright in the Innocent Dude Logo. Novagraaf’s Vanessa Harrow outlines the dispute so far.
Copyright: 'New' works in the public domain
Every year on January 1, some well-known and lesser-known works enter the public domain. The Dutch Copyright Act stipulates that the copyright on a work expires 70 years after the death of its creator. Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker explains the process.
The case of Sherlock Holmes comes to an end
US Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about whether authors owe fees for using famed detective.
Embedding a YouTube video does not infringe copyright
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that embedding a copyrighted YouTube video on a website does not constitute copyright infringement.
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.