The disputed IP of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Met Gala dress
The annual Met Gala is a signature fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Celebrities who attend always dress to impress, and this year, one of the most talked-about outfits was worn by politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Popularly known as AOC, she is the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, and made her debut at the
Who owns ideas pitched during job interviews — the company or the job candidate?
Have you ever pitched an idea at work, only to see your boss present it later as his own idea?
While that must sting, imagine how much worse you would feel if your idea was pitched during a job interview, and you didn’t even get the job, much less the credit for the idea and any share of the financial benefit it generated.
That’s what one job applicant says happened to her. In August 2016,
7 ways innovators can protect their IP
A new song; a new character; a new algorithm — in the 21st century, any of these, and many more kinds of new ideas, could make their creator’s name and fortune. That’s the way the creative economy works.
As author John Howkins put it in his 2001 book The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas, the creative economy refers to the economic potential of activities that centre on creati
Dealing with onerous IP clauses in tender documents
From design agencies to training providers, entrepreneurs and small businesses across various industries often throw their hat in the ring when organisations send out Invitations To Quote (ITQ) for upcoming projects.
These documents set out the requirements for a project, and enables a potential vendor to assess how much to charge for its goods and/or services. But beyond noting the nature and
The IP of designer fonts
No matter what service or product a company is selling, chances are they are using some kind of font in their marketing materials. While many people assume that fonts can be used freely, font programmes and their underlying typefaces are actually intellectual property protected by copyright.
In 2009, Font Bureau, an American type foundry, sued NBC Universal for failing to secure the rights to a
Will the rise of gaming cryptocurrencies lead to more IP theft?
Blockchain (a distributed ledger comprising cryptographically linked data, enforced by a disparate network of computers) and cryptocurrencies (virtual currencies powered by blockchain technology) entered the mainstream consciousness a few years ago. More recently, these innovations have entered popular culture via gaming. In some games, players can now purchase cryptocurrencies for use as an in-ga
Deliveries within minutes, dissatisfaction within weeks: Issa PR accuses Getir of idea theft
Getir is accused by Issa PR of ripping off ideas from their pitch, claims the Turkish grocery delivery company denies.
Ending exploitation of creative interns and freelancers — can it be done?
Companies in the media, communications and creative fields have no shortage of interns and freelancers to choose from. Unfortunately, these industries are also rife with exploitation. Can this come to an end?
Social media shaming: Boon or bane for independent designers?
Independent designers and brand owners are as susceptible to idea theft as ever, but increasingly, those affected have been eschewing troublesome legal processes for calling out the responsible parties on social media. PitchMark looks into the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and if there are alternative solutions.
Model sues Jockey for below-the-belt business practices
An underwear model is suing Jockey for using his image long after his contract with them expired.
Tara Reid sues producers over Sharknado slot machines
Actress Tara Reid is suing the producers of Sharknado for using her image without her permission.
The cat-and-mouse game between politicians and musicians
Politicians are playing songs at their rallies, sometimes without permission, and the musicians are getting fed up with it.
This tends to happen to conservative politicians, who are not aligned with popular musicians who are frequently left-leaning.
Donald Trump, a divisive politician whose rallies have featured songs by Neil Young, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams, has received letters from th