Category Archive for: ‘Social media’

Two bands, One Direction: court!

It seems that originality continues to be an issue for boy bands.  “Well-known” UK teen heartthrobs One Direction may have taken a step in the wrong direction as media reports emerged concerning the filing of a lawsuit in the Californian US District Court alleging trade mark infringement and seeking an injunction preventing them from using that name.  The suit was filed by none other than One Direction, a US group with th

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Status update: Facebook defriends Yahoo, countersues for patent infringement

Remember last month’s post about Yahoo suing Facebook for infringement of 10 of its patents?  It hasn’t taken Facebook long to strike back.  Last week, the social networking giant brought a counterclaim in the US District Court in San Francisco in which it denies Yahoo’s claims and accuses Yahoo of violating 10 of its patents, including patents for displaying advertising, privacy and photo sharing.

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“If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook”: Yahoo! sues Facebook for patent infringement

“Facebook me” has become part of the vernacular but, if a lawsuit filed by Yahoo! on 12 March 2012 is to be believed, we could just as easily have seen friends entreating one another to “Yahoo! me”.  In the suit filed in the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of California, Yahoo!

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Oikos! Is that a John Butler Trio song? Ad aired during Super Bowl XLVI leads to copyright dispute

For advertisers in the United States, Christmas is over.  That is, the US advertising industry’s version of Christmas – the Super Bowl.  With an audience of over 111.3 million, sometimes the advertising seems more anticipated than the on-field play.   

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Finally, Moral Rights get some care factor, and we talk Tattoos

Inserted at the rear of the Copyright Act is a part concerning ‘moral rights’. It’s considered a poor cousin to the good stuff: juicy claims about infringement of musical, literary and artistic works, fights about film rights, and so on.

The ‘good stuff’ was the focus of copyright law lectures. And then – tacked on at the very end of the course – when Strongbows at the local Uni pub were only an hour away, there’d be a brisk trot through moral rights.

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TwitterLeaks – personal information not so private in Web 2.0

A US Court has recently upheld an Order requiring social networking giant Twitter to produce electronic records of three Twitter account holders to the United States Government as part of the criminal investigation into WikiLeaks, Jullian Assange and Bradley Manning.

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Update: Herman Miller v Matt Blatt

Further to Natalie’s op-ed piece in the National Times, Herman Miller and Matt Blatt have settled their dispute in relation to Matt Blatt’s sales of replica Eames furniture on confidentia

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Twitter settles tweet twademark fight

Micro-blogging site Twitter has settled its dispute with a company called Twittad over Twittad’s US registered trademark “TWEET”.  Twitter has ended up with ownership of Twittad’s mark, Twittad gets to continue to use the phrase “Let your ad meet your tweets”, and Twitter’s lawsuit against Twittad has been dropped.

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Best Global Brands v Best Facebook Brands

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