Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’

Tintin and the French Copyright Affair

Belgian cartoon icon Tintin, created by Hergé in 1929, was arguably one of the most beloved fictional heroes of the 20th century. The comic strips follow the adventures of the young reporter as he investigates dangerous stories. Over 200 million copies of his adventures have been sold and he will soon also be the subject of a new film from Steven Spielberg, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” in 2011. 
 

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Copyright in celebrity “self-portraits”? High School Musical star files copyright lawsuit

It appears that Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane (aka “Dr McSteamy”) isn’t the only celebrity using copyright law to protect themselves from an invasion of their privacy: see our earlier post here.

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Kellogg’s to protect against “Corn Fakes”

Have you heard that Kellogg’s plans to brand its famous signature onto individual Corn Flakes?

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eBay fined €1.7m for selling LVMH perfumes

A Parisian court has fined eBay  €1.7m after users of its French web site continued to buy and sell Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (“LVMH”) perfumes in breach of a 2008 injunction.  The injunction was granted after the luxury goods conglomerate, which includes brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, successfully sued eBay for €40m in June 2008 for selling fake goods using the company’s brand. 

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Copyright in celebrity s-x-tapes? McSteamy sues for unauthorised publication of home video

Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane (known as “Dr McSteamy”) and wife Rebecca Gayheart have filed a federal copyright suit against Gawker Media in California for the unauthorised publication of a private “s-x-tape”.  The couple have claimed $US1 million in damages and seeking an injunction preventing further acts of copyright infringement.
 

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No more struggling artists?

By mid 2010, a new royalty resale scheme will be up and running for visual artists, thanks to the passing of the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Bill 2008 by the Senate in late November.  Under the scheme:

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The book digitisation “race”: An EU update

In an effort to deliver a pro-competition book digitisation solution before the arrival of the Google solutions proposed in the US Books Settlement, the Commission of European Communities recently announced follow up initiatives to

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Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yae

In a win for funk and a loss for free barking, the singer George Clinton has won a copyright infringement claim and appeal in the US against Universal Music Group (“UMG”) over the use of Clinton’s lyrics “Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea” (known within “hip” judicial circles as the “Bow Wow Refrain”) in the song “D.O.G in Me” released by hip hop group Pub

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No change to parallel importation laws for books

The Federal Government has announced that there will be no change to the current parallel importation provisions for books under the Copyright Act 1968 and has decided not to commit to a new spending program for Australian authors and publishers, as proposed by the Productivity Commission.

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