Category Archive for: ‘Copyright’

‘Mickey Mouse’ horror film escapes trade mark litigation

Film buffs, roll up! Despite the fact that it probably isn’t showing at your local MegaPlex, Randy Moore’s latest indie horror film ‘Escape from Tomorrow’ has garnered a considerable amount of media attention. Shot on Disney soil without permission, it features iconic (and copyrighted) Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck doing things like attempting to crush a child, …

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Spot The Difference: Ministry of Sound sues Spotify for copyright infringement

To those who have ever created an awesome Ministry-esque playlist on Spotify – you may have just got them into trouble. In September this year, Ministry of Sound, famous for their dance music compilations (think “Addicted to Bass”, “Sessions”, “Chillout Sessions” and the now-ironically named “On the Download”), have sued Spotify for copyright infringement in the UK High Court. Spotify …

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“You can’t stop the music” – Village People cop Victor Willis celebrates regain of copyright interest

When the clock struck midnight on 13 September 2013, Victor Willis, original Policeman from the Village People, is said to have regained his copyright interest in many of the band’s hits, including YMCA. To recap on our post from last year, Willis co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits (who could forget In the Navy) and performed as the lead …

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Re-thinking the role of IP: a lecture by Dr Francis Gurry

The world’s wealth is increasingly becoming centred on intellectual capital, according to Dr Francis Gurry at his presentation at Melbourne University on Thursday 22 August 2013. Dr Gurry is the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and the highest-ranking Australian official in a United Nations agency. The organisers of the fifth annual Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual …

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Blurring the Lines of copyright infringement: Yet another controversy for Robin #Thicke over hit song

Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” has certainly had its fair share of both popularity and controversy. From the success of being Billboard’s No. 1 song and No. 1 album, to the claims of sexism over its lyrics and 18+ film clip and various parody videos criticising its use of #stupidhashtags, the latest development is somewhat less salacious. Thicke and …

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Getting a “fair go” on the internet: Copyright in the Digital Era?

Everybody loves those ‘funniest faces/dresses/animals’ slideshows, right? There’s no denying there are some classic photos online, and there’s nothing wrong with having a quiet giggle at them over your morning latte. What might not be OK is when those images are copyrighted and unfairly used without permission- but what does “fair” actually mean? On June 7 2013, American photographer Kai …

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Classics, Copyright and (un)chained melodies – who owns the rights to ‘Happy Birthday to you’?

When Jennifer Nelson in the United States created a documentary on the Happy Birthday to You song, she didn’t think that it was necessary to pay any licensing fees, as she didn’t think that copyright in the song was owned by anyone. After all, the song has been around for over 100 years! Well, Warner/Chappell Music Inc (Warner/Chappell) disagrees. It …

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Look Alike Get Up II: The Taste Test

Looking for a nerdy IP team bonding event? Well, IP Whiteboard is here to help. Having created our scorecard to assess Look Alike packaging, we have now put Aldi’s marketing promise “Like brands. Only cheaper” to the test.

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ALRC proposes “fair use” exception to copyright infringement

On 5 June 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a Discussion Paper for its Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry. Amongst other things, the ALRC has proposed the introduction of a US-style broad and flexible “fair use” exception to copyright infringement. If enacted, the proposals would have a broad ranging effect on copyright law and practice in Australia.

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