Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement is the subject matter of this article. Certain comments by Newey J, further to an application brought by the claimant in the case below are of interest to those who specialise in copyright matters. In giving judgment he commented that a copyright infringer was more akin to a trespasser than a thief. It is of some general interest because the words – “theft” , “piracy” and “stealing” are commonly used when referring to copyright infringement. So despite this being a slightly dated Judgment, taking place at the beginning of this year, for copyright infringement enthusiasts everywhere, I decided to review the case.

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Trademark litigation

Two of the most important aspects of trademark litigation are reputation and confusion. Thsi is because almost every trademark litigation will involve some kind of dispute about either reputation or confusion or both.

That makes surveys a very important element that can influence the outcome of a trademark litigation suit. Trade mark surveys are complex and typically require an expert survey team. However here are 10 tips to bear in mind when conducting a trademark litigation survey.

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Globalisation and state music policy

According to Arthur Conan Doyle, “there is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact”. Most of what we say about globalisation is that it obviously brings the world’s national cultures even closer together. Well that fact is not so necessarily obvious. In-fact it is argued in this article that not all territories necessarily welcome and some, if not most, actively try to resist globalisation blurring their national cultural boundaries. Some governments work diligently to control or restrict the effects of globalisation in various ways including regulation.

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ISPs block pirate bay

ISPs block pirate bay

ISPs block pirate bay as the court finally orders the block of the notorious website.

The full list of Claimants: Dramatico Entertainment Limited, EMI records Limited, Mercury Records Limited, Polydor Limited, Rough Trade Records Limited, Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited, Virgin Records Limited, Warner Music UK Limited, 679 Recordings Limited.

The full list of the Defendants: British Sky Broadcasting Limited, British Telecommunications Plc, Everything Everywhere Limited, Talk Talk Telecom Group Plc, Telefonica UK Limited, Virgin Media Limited.

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Design Rights

Two recent interesting cases in the Patents County Court are worth noting by design copyright infringement lawyers because they expand on the issues of: sub-conscious copying; access and similarity, which arise almost routinely in copyright actions. They are Michael Mitchell and British Broadcasting Corporation [2011] EWPCC 42 before His Honour Judge Birss QC and (1) Paul Hodgson (2) Michael Jarvie (Claimants) and (1) Andrew Isaac (2) Notting Hill Studios Ltd (Defendants) before His Honour Judge Birss QC [2011] EWPCC 42. Both actions were for copyright infringement. And in both cases there were litigants in person. Mitchell represented himself and Andrew Isaac represented himself and the other defendant.

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Book Adaptation

Book Adaptation Copyright Lawyers

PAIL® Solicitors specialist book adaptation copyright lawyers review the unauthorised adaptation of a copyright protected book to a screenplay

(1) Paul Hodgson (2) Michael Jarvie (Claimants) and (1) Andrew Isaac (2) Notting Hill Studios Ltd (Defendants) before His Honour Judge Birss QC [2011] EWPCC 42.

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IP Protection

A major future challenge faced by online intellectual property protection lawyers, politicians and economists is property in the digital age. Digital media ownership is high priority for the stakeholders in the so called information age. Traditional intellectual property lawyers apply the law to the environment. Whereas with online intellectual property protection lawyers one must apply the environment to the law. In other words you should ask “how does the disruptive nature of the digital environment affect the existing rule of law, if at all?”

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Internet Solicitors

lnternet Solicitors have a set of skills acquired through experience in legal practice and continuous study that allows them to identify, analyse, and find the appropriate solution to an Internet related legal problems. With this in mind we thought that it would be helpful to list 7 tips on instructing lnternet Solicitors you find via a search engine or Google ads on the Internet.

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