Subjects: Legal affairs
Protection against IP theft needs “big enough teeth” in more markets: solar energy entrepreneur
For some innovators, absolute secrecy seems to be the only way to truly protect their idea. We speak to a solar technology entrepreneur about his experience with IP theft and whether there is any alternative way forward for innovators in his industry.
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Designer Virgil Abloh sued over disappearing Instagram post
Do you have the right to post a photo of your product on Instagram, when that photo was taken by someone else?
YouTube channel owner offers reward for lost Terms of Service
Live Better Music claims Epidemic Sound walked back on their music licensing agreement by making content claims on Live Better’s videos on YouTube. Live Better says it licensed the tracks from Epidemic Sound legally. Problem is, they can't find the previous Terms of Service document, which proves it.
Indian movie accused of copying background and plot
An Indian movie has allegedly copied the background of its movie poster from an artist, and has even supposedly stolen its plot from a French movie.
Japanese artist loses court case over copy of goldfish-filled phone booth
A Japanese artist has lost in court a case he brought against a merchants' association for copying his design of a phone booth filled with water and goldfish.
Ariana Grande sues Forever 21 for illegally using her likeness
Pop singer Ariana Grande has sued clothes retailer Forever 21 for using a model who looks very similar to her in their media campaign early this year.
Chinese company takes down copycat game after lawsuit from Blizzard
Sina Games, a Chinese game company, has taken down a game that it has been accused of copying from an American game company.
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 them telli
YouTube makes changes to copyright infringement system
YouTube is making changes to its copyright enforcement policies. From September it will make it less easy for copyright holders to make manual claims for YouTube videos that include very short music clips or unintentional music.
Did Facebook copy its Libra logo from a fintech startup?
Two companies that engaged the same design company has resulted in one company accusing the newer one of stealing its logo.
Rap group sues YouTuber for copying decade-old song
An American rap group called Flobots is suing YouTuber Logan Paul for copying their song.
Artists rally to accuse singer Chris Brown of copying their work in music video
German artist Marius Sperlich has accused Chris Brown of copying his work in the singer's music video.
Katy Perry ruled to have copied song from Christian rapper
Pop singer Katy Perry's 2013 single "Dark Horse" has been found by a federal court to have infringed on the copyright of a song by a Christian rapper.
YouTube content copycat gets called out
On YouTube, a crowded and competitive market, Creators would often come up with novel or even shocking content that would get them to blow up in popularity.
Carrie Underwood sued for stealing song
Country singer Carrie Underwood has been sued for allegedly stealing the song "Game On" that she recorded as the 2018 season theme song for NBC Sunday Night Football.
Xiaomi fires employee for lifting artist's work
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has fired an employee for using an artist's work on a company website without permission. The image, which was used as the lead banner on Xiaomi Spain’s website, has been taken down and the company has admitted to being in the wrong and apologised to the artist, Peter Tarka.