Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’
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.
A long time ago in a land far, far away, film director George Lucas created a space epic never before seen and never since equalled. Star Wars involved the eternal fight between good, symbolised by Luke Skywalker, Master Yoda and the soldiers of the rebellion, and evil, symbolised by Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and his stormtroopers, clad in uniforms of white armour.
In actions for copyright infringement, respondents frequently challenge subsistence and/or ownership. However, where the name of the author does not appear on the work, a name purporting to be that of the publisher does, and the work was published in Australia within the requisite 70 year period, then unless the contrary is established, section 128 provides that copyright shall be presumed to subsist in the work and the person’s name who appeared purporting to be publisher shall be pres
Additional Damages awarded under section 115 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) are akin to a game of Russian Roulette, you never quite know what you’ll walk away with! A survey of recent cases indicated that an applicant can get anywhere from 6.8% to 174% of the damages awarded at trial.