Intellectual property news and updates

European Union commission notice highlights impact of Brexit in the field of copyright

We highlight the changes to copyright that will come into place due to the UK's withdrawal from the EU by April 2019

Ed Sheeran settles copyright lawsuit

In the last few days, Ed Sheeran has settled the $20 million copyright lawsuit filed against him, we consider other recent copyright infringement cases and how copyright can be protected against.

Hyperlinking – the verdict from the CJEU

We take a look at the ruling from the CJEU in the copyright dispute between GS Media and Sanoma

Hyperlinking – an act of copyright infringement?

Ahead of a ruling to be handed down later this week, we take a look at the dispute between GS Media BV (“GS Media”) and Sanoma Media Netherlands BV (“Sanoma”).

Good news for the heirs and employers of dead furniture designers, bad news for those who deal in replicas.

Repeal of Section 52 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is to be repealed with effect from 28 July 2016, effectively providing copyright protection to articles that could previously be copied legitimately. Will this affect you? The law To answer that question it is first necessary…

The Digital Era: Protecting Mobile Apps

Partner, David Slattery, discusses how to protect Mobile Apps.

Not such a Happy Birthday for Warner–Chappell

Warner–Chappell claim ownership of copyright in the lyrics for the famous song Happy Birthday to You and have made a lucrative business in licensing its use in commercial enterprises such as films, stage productions, television shows, restaurants and greeting cards. That business has been estimated to be worth in the region of £1.3 million…

Little birds tweet to the tune of infringement

Social media site Twitter is taking a ‘crackdown’ approach to copyright infringement, as they will withhold content they believe to be breaching other users’ rights. The policy gives users a contact email address and states that the company will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement which comply with applicable law. When…

An end to ‘Popcorn Time’

On 28th April 2015, the UK High Court issued a ‘website blocking order’ forcing Britain’s five main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk, BT and EE to block access to a number of so-called ‘Popcorn Time’ sites that provide Popcorn Time for download. The action was filed by the Motion Picture Association of America…

Use of Images and Photographs on the Internet: Do you have permission?

When searching for images on the internet, many are unaware that if they save and reuse the image, they may in fact be at risk of infringing rights in somebody else’s work. Whose images are you using? If you want to use an image or photograph on the internet, but you are not the creator of that image and did not take the photograph then…

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