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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.

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..


ECJ Judgment triggers download ban discussion


In contrast to many other countries, downloading copyright protected works from unlawful sources was permitted under the Dutch Copyright Act. In the Dutch system of fair compensation in regard to private use, by means of levies on empty carriers, it was thought that this compensation could cover the private copies via ‘illegal’ downloads as well. “No”, is the resounding verdict of the..


UK IPO launches anti-piracy app


Music Inc. app is a joint initiative between the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and music industry representative group, UK Music. It contains a game designed to raise awareness among (young) people of the effects of piracy on the creative industries, while also encouraging them to take up careers in music. Caution: this article contains spoilers!


Getty seeks to combat piracy by allowing free access to photos


The world’s leading photo library Getty Images has announced that it will provide free access to its image archive for non-commercial use, acknowledging that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway. More than 35 million images – including famous shots of Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama – will now be available without cost to blogs and social media sites. However, many of..


Watch out for a counterfeit Rolex


Rolex should be able to stop counterfeit watches entering the European Community, where they’re considered infringing the Intellectual Property Rights of Rolex. This seemingly logical right was nevertheless subject of a discussion that led all the way up to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), who had to clarify when the holder of Intellectual Property Rights is able to take (legal) action..