Intellectual property on social media

Intellectual property on social media

Treatment of Intellectual property on social media

Websites contracts govern the relationship between websites and their users making them very important for content creators and users of the Internet.

This article is concerned with the treatment of intellectual property on social media.

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Concert Promoters

Top night clubs like Niki Beach Miami, Provocateur New York City, have a reputation as the playground for jet setters, celebrities, and VIPs. They regularly book well-known DJs to play guest DJ sets or a celebrity to make an appearance. Concert promoters also contract with artist(s) to organise a live concert special event performance or a tour. Historically the best known concert promoter in the business was probably Harvey Weinstein who diverted into film production. The best known contemporary concert promoter is probably AEG Live.

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Domain name disputes

The following 15 tips are not meant to substitute for legal advice from a suitable qualified lawyer. They are however a starting point for small and medium sized enterprises and consumers on UDRP and domain name disputes.

The 15 Tips

1.ICANN and the UDRP – Due to the international nature of the Internet a method of dealing with disputes over domain names that would apply internationally was needed. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) devised the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (the Policy) to allow a quick, affordable way to resolve domain name disputes without the cost and delays of Court litigation. The Policy is numbered from Paragraphs 1 to 9. In addition there are the Uniform Dispute Resolution Rules (the Rules). The Rules are numbered 1 to 21. The Policy sets out the legal rationale behind the Rules. The Rules set out the actual procedure of uniform domain name resolution. The 2 are to be read in conjunction. In addition each ICANN approved dispute resolution provider has its own rules.

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Music Management

Traditionally, artists’ managers had a more intimate relationship with artists, taking care of the business side of things, whilst the artists concentrated on making music. The manager would usually take a back seat, preferring to be behind the scenes dealing with the day-to-day running of artists’ business affairs.

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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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