Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’
A thoroughly snowed-in
January is resolution time. A universal thought takes over: “I need to quit smoking, lose weight and call my mother more!” The IP Whiteboard team are not immune to this infectious optimism, and have put together some “IP resolutions” to kick off Twenty Ten. It’s not exactly Letterman’s Top 10, and we know resolutions aren’t always kept, but here goes!
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.