Copyright case of Olympic proportions

Just before Christmas last year, Justice Bennett handed down the decision in Seven Network Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] FCA 1411 which held that no copyright existed in Channel Seven’s live television broadcasting of the 2006 (Winter) Olympics in Turin, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, to Australian viewers. Her Honour found that read more...
Subjects: Copyright

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Copyright contract proves to be Kryptonite for Superman co-creator

Joseph Shuster (artist) and Jerry Siegel (writer) created the legendary comic book character Superman in 1933, and assigned copyright in the work to Warner Bros subsidiary DC Comics in 1938 – apparently for $130. (Fun fact: the original cheque from DC Comics to Joseph Shuster was recently sold at auction for $160,000! Although we note read more...
Subjects: Contracts | Copyright

“D’oh!” The Simpsons are sued for Homer’s hologram

You may be familiar with Comic-Con, a worldwide organization that runs conventions for comic fans, made famous by geeks in dress up and legendary guest stars. Well, last month’s San Diego Comic-Con was made famous for another reason – a holographic appearance by Homer Simpson has led to The Simpsons being sued for patent infringement. read more...
Subjects: Patents | Technology

Patent settlements are up and anti-competitive behaviour is down: EU

Patent settlements are up and anti-competitive settlement behaviour is down in the European Union. The European Commission recently released a report on patent settlement agreements between originator and generic companies in the European pharmaceutical sector which shows a continued low level (7% in 2012) of potentially anti-competitive settlements. The report is the fourth of its read more...
Subjects: Patents

Pinterest pins down Pintrips

On 4 October 2013, social media pinboard site Pinterest filed an action in the United States District Court against Pintrips, “a personal travel planning dashboard”, for trade mark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition and trade mark dilution.  This apparently followed months of polite requests from Pinterest to Pintrips to stop this alleged “illegal read more...

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 read more...
Subjects: Copyright

Turtle vs Tata “Pacs” a punch

On 14 July 2010, Tata Sons, the intellectual property holding company for the Indian industrial conglomerate the Tata Group, applied for an injunction against Greenpeace India for using its "T within a circle" device in a virtual game on the Greenpeace website.  Tata Sons petitioned for a temporary injunction and damages, arguing that the game, called "Turtle vs Tata", tarnished their trade mark and defamed their company.  The game contained a Pac-Man style maze where the object of the game was for the turtle characters to defeat the "Tata demons", the demons of course b read more...

Subjects: Trade marks