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 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.
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.