Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’
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.
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.
Have you heard that Kellogg’s plans to brand its famous signature onto individual Corn Flakes?
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.
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.
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
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.