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US copyright law under fire as challenge brought

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 22 July 2016

The US Digital Millennium Copyright Act has recently come under fire as digital rights group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation have put forward an action deeming parts of the law as unconstitutional.
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Written by Abdullah Khan on 22 July 2016

Describing trademarks and a real life recent example.
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Has Kickass had its ass Kicked?

Written by Michael Coyle on 21 July 2016

KickassTorrents the most popular torrent site in the world is down and in trouble. Its allleged founder Artem Vaulin is under arrest and soon to be extradited to the USA.
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Character World Settles Trademark Infringement Case

Written by Fozia Cheychi on 20 July 2016

Character World- a Cheshire based licensing company has agreed an out of court settlement with a Birmingham based textiles company- HIS Textiles. Character World had initiated legal proceedings against HIS Textiles for alleged copying of its products- amounting to the infringement of its intellectual property rights.
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IPEC rules in sofa design confusion

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 20 July 2016

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court makes a ruling on the potential infringement of unregistered design rights in the sofa and furniture industry.
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Adidas Sues Sketchers for Patent Infringement

Written by Fozia Cheychi on 12 July 2016

German sportswear giant- Adidas has initiated legal proceedings against footwear company Sketchers for “blatant copying of its products and infringement of its valuable intellectual property”.
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Register your Design - its easy to do and a must for any designer

Written by Michael Coyle on 10 July 2016

European Community Design Right is governed by Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 These regulations cover both registered and unregistered designs and can be found here http://euipo.europa.eu/en/design/pdf/reg2002_6.pdf So we have a Community Design which consists of an unregistered community design ('UCD') and a registered community design ('RCD')
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Brexit- what the future may look like

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 08 July 2016

Following the UK decision to leave the EU a week ago, there has been much discussion as to how our relationship with eh EU will look after all negotiations have been made.
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ECJ Confirms guidlines for infringement by broadcasting to a new public

Written by Thomas Mould on 07 July 2016

Café, restaurants and hotel and spa operators need licences in place to make sure that they are legally compliant in broadcasting TV and radio programs to their customers. A recent decision of the European Court of Justice confirmed this and considered the guidelines in establishing whether there has been communication to a new public.
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Podcasts- Legal Issues

Written by Thomas Mould on 05 July 2016

If your podcast all your own work, you will own the copyright in the podcast. Many people however, who create podcasts do not realise that they require the consent of the owner of the copyright in any third party material which they include in their podcast. A typical example of this is by using samples of recorded music without the requisite licence in place.
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Brexit and trade marks- your questions answered

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 01 July 2016

Following the nation’s decision on the 23rd June that the UK will no longer be a member of the European Union, there has been an influx of questions from concerned businesses regarding the status of their IP, especially their registered trade marks.
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