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Shakira song copied!

Written by Michael Coyle on 29 August 2014

A New York judge – Alvin Hellerstein has ruled that Shakira's hit song 'Loca' released in 2010 has infringed copyright laws.
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German news; no more emails out of hours

Written by Michael Coyle on 28 August 2014

The next time you are looking to buy a German business or are doing business in Germany be prepared for the possibility of not being able to email anyone out of hours.
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Zara shoots the sherrif!

Written by Michael Coyle on 28 August 2014

The importance of doing clearance searches on all aspects of IP was highlighted yesterday as the well known high street retailer Zara launched what it thought was a cool and trendy top - 'western' style, only to be faced with a barrage of criticism for the shirt's resemblance to the shirts worn by those in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
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The right to erasure-High Court to step in

Written by Izaz Ali on 21 August 2014

No its not a reference to the band Erasure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x34icYC8zA0 but an important case concerning a UK citizen and Google. (Hegglin v (1) Person(s) Unknown and (2) Google [2014] EWHC 2808 (QB), 31 July 2014.)
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Footie kicks off today but watch out!

Written by Michael Coyle on 16 August 2014

Its 8.00 am and my 11 year old is already glued to the box in anticipation of the new 2014-2015 Premier League season. However the Premier League has already warned fans not to post unofficial videos of goals online after thousands of goals were shared during the World Cup. It would seem fairly clear cut case of copyright infringement but is it?
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Someone is making a killing but this time with a jumper

Written by Michael Coyle on 10 August 2014

The brilliant Danish serial 'The Killing' known in Denmark as the Forbrydelsen [fʌˈb̥ʁyðˀəlsən] or "The Crime" has now caught lawyers attention as a legal fight has arisen over a jumper. The jumper is a wooly masterpiece and became a cult fashion item for every 'wannabee catch a serial killer'. You can see a picture of the jumper here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_(Danish_TV_series)
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Costs. Loser pays legal costs

Written by Michael Coyle on 10 August 2014

Loser pays the other side’s costs Its fairly obvious but just in case you did not know under English law the basic principle is the loser pays the winner's legal costs. Often this means a contribution only.....
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Italians get tough on filesharers

Written by Michael Coyle on 10 August 2014

File sharing is a cause for concern across the globe. Italy has recently taken an aggressive stance over illegal file-sharing as an Italian man has just discovered.
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No Lien Over Data

Written by Muhammed Poswall on 08 August 2014

The article discusses whether a lien can be placed over data in light of the decision in Your Response Ltd v Datateam Business Media Ltd.
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Tattoos - who owns the copyright?

Written by Michael Coyle on 07 August 2014

They are all the rage but when you get a tattoo done, it probably never crosses your mind whether or not you own the copyright-who cares! Well some tattoo artists do and they are raising this issue with their celebrity clients. Are they losing out on royalties?
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Nintendo Co. Ltd v PC Box SRL and 9Net [C-355/12]

Written by Sophie Amos, a Work Experience student at Lawdit Solicitors on 06 August 2014

Nintendo's copyright infringement case that was referred to The European Court of Justice by the Court of Milan, on Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
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