Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2012’

N-n-now that that don’t kill ‘Ye, can only make him stronger: Kanye West wins copyright battle with Vince P(eters)

Kanye West (or ‘Ye as he’s known) has hit the headlines again this week.  Somewhat surprisingly for the rapper, this time it is not for an unprovoked public outburst (need we remind you of the 2009 VMAs where he commandeered the microphone off award winner Taylor Swift) or for his relationship with reality star Kim Kardashian, about whom he wrote the song Perfect B**ch (ah, true love) and who is most famous for her particularly short marriage which la

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Are genes patentable? US Court of Appeals says “yes” for the second time

In March this year, the US Court of Appeals was ordered by the US Supreme Court to reconsider its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics (see our previous post).

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Copyright and the Digital Economy – Issues Paper released by ALRC

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released the Issues Paper for its current enquiry into copyright and the digital economy.  The review focuses on the suitability of the current law in the evolving digital marketplace.

The ALRC is seeking comment on a number of issues including:

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Beastie Boys fight… for their right… by suing Monster Energy Drink

Following the death of founding Beastie Boys member, Adam Yaunch, the remaining Beastie Boys and Yaunch’s estate are suing Monster Energy Drink for using the band’s songs without permission and suggesting an endorsement that Beastie Boys had not given.

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Def Leppard fire silver bullet in copyright stand-off

Def Leppard and their record company, Universal, have once again proved that musicians and music labels go together like oil and water. Unlike some bands, however, the English heavy metal rock band might just escape their record company troubles thanks to a quirk in copyright law.

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European Commission ups the cost of paying for delay

On 25 July 2012, the EC alleged that Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck violated EU antitrust rules by colluding to prevent other pharma companies from marketing generic versions of its best-seller antidepressant, citalopram. Lundbeck is alleged to have:

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Golden arches runs golden social media campaign

Finding the answers to life’s BIG questions at Maccas has never been so easy.

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Facebook used to serve Flo Rida as rapper sued for sleeping in

In October 2011, rap fans at the Fat As Butter Festival in Newcastle were waiting expectantly for international superstar Flo Rida to wow them with his 60 minute headline act. Instead, minutes after Flo Rida was expected to walk on, a festival official announced: “Flo Rida has slept in and will not be able to make the concert.”

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Liability for User Generated Content on Facebook

The Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has decided in a recent case involving Smirnoff Vodka that a Facebook page may be considered a ‘marketing communication tool’ when used by an advertiser.  As a consequence, companies that use social media to promote their products are responsible for ensuring that all content on these sites is in compliance with the Advertiser Code of Ethics, including content uploaded by other users.

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