Copyright Infringement

Alexander Wang And Philipp Plein: Are Fashion Shows Protected By Copyright Law?

Tania Phipps-Rufus | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Style
Tania Phipps-Rufus

The issue of copying has opened up the space for discussion around protections for the design industry, but what seems to be less discussed is how different forms of creativity arising out of the fashion system, can attract legal protection, such as the format of a ready to wear fashion show.

Is Copyright Infringement in Fashion Similar to Music, Or Not?

George Taylor | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Style
George Taylor

When something is 'on trend,' yet a designer hasn't been able to claim intellectual rights over their work, multiple retailers can jump on the band wagon (a common occurrence), which is why when you walk into a wide range of shops, you'll always find similar styles and designs. This is accepted as 'normal' in the fashion industry, but is it fair?

Content Theft Is No Game

Liz Bales | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

Copyright is what underpins the UK's creative industry and the future career opportunities available to young British talent, so bringing this understanding into the classroom is imperative.

Monkey Business: Can an Animal Own the Rights to Its Own Image?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK
Wayne Beynon

If an animal takes a selfie, does it own the rights? While this may sound like a modern day riddle, it is in fact a question that a Californian court had to consider after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took issue with a Welsh photographer's picture of a monkey.

A Welcome New Chapter for the Copyright Challenge

Liz Bales | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

Can it ever be OK to lose ourselves completely in a film, book or piece of music - and yet contribute nothing to those people who made that experience possible?

'Happy Birthday to You': No Longer a Copyrighted Work

Wayne Beynon | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Beynon

It's a song that's famous across the English-speaking world, and undoubtedly the most performed song ever written.

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

One In Ten Reading Illegal E-Books

J.N. Paquet | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Tech
J.N. Paquet

If the illegal download of eBooks were one day to become a widespread activity, we could end up with the current authors being the last generation of authors making a living out of their work.

Is This The 'Stupidest Copyright Claim Ever'?

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Tech

A German copyright group has caused outrage for demanding Google remove links to Skype, Java and the Raspberry Pi in one of the most breathtakingly br...

Enforcing your Rights on the Internet - How do you Choose Where to Sue?

Andrew Tibber | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

So if you, as a national of one EU state, become aware that a website of another EU state is shamelessly using and abusing your work, where can you take legal action to make them stop?

Cartoon HD Is No More, Twitter Explodes

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Tech

The popular but legally dubious (entirely illegal) Android and iPhone Cartoon HD app has been shut down. There's no official word on why it was shu...

When Pirate Film and TV Sites Serve Up Nasty Surprises, Why Go Back for More?

Liz Bales | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Liz Bales

On top of malware, these rogue sites are rife with credit card cons. Two in three of the 30 analysed are guilty of that trick, and more than three in four people who admit to visiting pirate film and TV sites say they've fallen victim to these sorts of scams at some point.

The All-Mighty Blocking Order: A Copyright Holder's Best Friend?

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Tech
Shana Ting Lipton

In late 2015, internet users in Britain who have illegally downloaded or streamed videos could go to their letterboxes and find something far worse than junk mail: a warning from their Internet Services Providers (ISPs) related to their dodgy activity -- every freeloading web junkie's worst nightmare.

German Courts Refuse to Bow to US Pressure in MegaUpload Case

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Tech
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

A German court in Frankfurt (Beschl. v. 14.05.2012 - Az.: 5/28 Qs 15/12) has ruled that a request for mutual legal assistance from the United States r...

Accusations Middletons Breached Olympic Trade Mark Dismissed

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK

Accusations that the Middleton family website is in breach of strict advertising laws covering the London 2012 Olympics have been dismissed. The l...

ACTA: Deliberating Out in the Open Over an Agreement Negotiated Behind Closed Doors

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The fate of the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting agreement will finally be decided during the July plenary when the European Parliament puts it to a vote. Without the Parliament's approval, it will not be able to enter into force in the EU.

Richard O'Dwyer Left Awaiting Fate

James Mahon | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Tech
James Mahon

Home Secretary Theresa May ruled in January that Richard could be extradited to the US where he could face up to five years in jail. His mother Julia spoke to me earlier and once again reiterated the fact that this case is not over and she will not giving up fighting for justice for her son.

Richard O'Dwyer Extradition 'Ludicrous,' Says Lib Dem President

Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Politics

Theresa May's decision to allow 23-year old Briton Richard O’Dwyer to be extradited to the United States on copyright charges is "ludicrous", the pr...

Shedding Light on a Controversial Agreement

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

If a decision has the potential to touch the lives of millions of people, the least you can do in this democratic age is conduct your deliberations out in the open, where everyone can see the arguments for and against and judge the outcome in the light of all the facts.

How Not to Fight Online Piracy: US Government Paranoia May Stifle the Internet at its Most Crucial Time

Matthew Hussey | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

The start of 2012 hasn't been smooth sailing for the internet and its users. First up, the US government attempted to introduce the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as a way of protecting US citizens' intellectual property on the internet. Most worrying, out of America's attempts to legitimise US companies attempts at suing individuals - the EU has now signed up to a similar bill.

MPAA Criticises the SOPA Blackout Protests - Here's Why It Was Wrong to Do So

Ross Jones-Morris | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Ross Jones-Morris

Yesterday, Wikipedia along with many, many other websites partook in the 'blackout' protests against new internet piracy guidelines and acts being discussed in the American House of Representatives and the Senate.

Student's 'TV Shack' Website Accused Of Copyright Infringement 'Operated In Same Way As Google'

PA | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Tech

The website of a student, accused of infringing film copyright, was merely operating in the same way as the search engine Google, a court heard today....