How the intellectual property is perceived around the world – a survey by WIPO
According to a major new survey on consumer perceptions of intellectual property (IP), two-thirds of consumers have a favorable view of the function that IP plays in their economies.
The findings of WIPO Pulse, the world’s first global survey of general awareness of and attitudes toward intellectual property, are based on responses from 25,000 (non-IP specialists) people aged 18 to 65 years old
Storytelling platform Humans of Bombay files a copyright infringement lawsuit against another platform
The Delhi High Court issued notice to a defendant in response to an application for initial relief in a copyright infringement action involving two popular Indian online portals.
Popular online storytelling platform “Humans of Bombay” (HOB) in India sued another similar platform “People of India” (POI) for copyright infringement accusing the latter of copying its business model and stories.
Rolls-Royce sues cookware company for using its name in advertisements
UK-based Rolls-Royce has filed an intriguing lawsuit in a United States federal district court alleging that a cookware company is infringing on its well-known trademarks and causing its dilution.
The luxury automaker claims that One Source to Market, LLC d/b/a HexClad ("HexClad") is deliberately violating its trademark rights in the well-known and federally registered ROLLS-ROYCE word mark and
US Federal Court denies copyright for Stephan Thaler‘s AI-generated art
You can create all the generative AI art you want, but it won't be covered by copyright regulations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal court determined that AI-generated art cannot be protected by copyrights since copyright law only applies to human people.
After the US Copyright Office twice denied plaintiff Stephan Thaler a copyright for a picture produced by his program, the
Australian artist Tank alleges online marketplace Temu of copying his designs
Australia-based artist Tank accused Chinese-owned online marketplace Temu of stealing his designs and selling them for a very cheap price.
Tank sells his small canvas print design titled Complexity of Being for A$275 on his website.
On Temu, however, an identical item is being sold by two different dealers for less than A$7, with one of them having already sold 500 copies.
In fact, the de
Comedian Sarah Silverman and others sue Meta & OpenAI over unauthorized use of their content
Over the past few months, content producers, artists, and publishers have accused Google, OpenAI, Meta, and other AI firms such as Midjourney of utilizing their content to train their models without getting permission from or being compensated for doing so.
Last month, Comedian Sarah Silverman, along with authors Richard Kadrey and Christopher Golden, acting on behalf of unspecified other plain
Fashion retailer H&M sues Chinese rival Shein in Hong Kong for copyright infringement
Chinese fast fashion retailer Shein is now facing yet another action for copyright infringement, this time filed in Hong Kong by Swedish retail giant H&M.
H&M accused Shein and Zoetop Business Co, the Hong Kong-based entity previously owned by Shein, of infringing its copyright-protected designs, including swimwear and sweaters.
According to Bloomberg, the lawsuit included details an
BTS’ Jung Kook accused of plagiarism in his new single Seven by American influencer, but some netizens disagree
Jung Kook, a South Korean singer-songwriter and member of the BTS band, trended on the internet earlier this month when he released his new song Seven, but he has been accused of plagiarism by a popular US-based TikToker who claims that the lyrics are copied from a video post by famous Vietnamese influencer So Y Tiet. Netizens are divided in their reactions.
American influencer Jarred Jermaine,
Mexican Government and three US-based designers accused Chinese fashion giant Shein of stealing designs
The Chinese fast fashion giant Shein is facing new copyright infringement allegations emanating from two different nations. The Mexican Government accused the company of copying indigenous art, and a lawsuit has been filed in the United States by three fashion designers blaming the company for stealing their clothing designs.
The Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico sent a letter
Twitter may sue Meta over its challenger app Threads
Twitter has threatened Meta with legal action following the successful launch of Meta's new Twitter rival, Threads.
In a letter dated July 5th, Twitter attorney Alex Spiro accused Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg of "systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property" in the course of creating Threads.
Spiro claimed that Meta hired dozens of
Nigerian court orders Coca-Cola to pay compensation for copyright infringement
Coca-Cola Nigeria Plc and it’s local bottler, the Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC), have been ordered by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Nigeria, to pay three million Naira (approximately USD 3,875) for copyright infringement of a person’s literary work, despite NBC’s argument that the works in question were not protected by copyright.
The plaintiff, Onilemarun, claimed in the lawsuit t
Photographer Alec Byrne sues Getty Images for copyright infringement
Renowned music photographer Alec Byrne has sued Getty Images for copyright infringement, saying that the firm sold popular photographs he snapped of bands such as ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, and the Bee Gees without his permission.
The California-based lawsuit, which seeks both damages as well as a permanent injunction, claims that Getty Images violated copyright by selling images captured by Byrne in
Nicki Minaj accused of idea theft for her upcoming song "Barbie World"
American rapper Nicki Minaj is accused of stealing the concept for her upcoming song “Barbie World” from other rappers Swaatie and Jason Martin.
Martin, popularly known as Problem, took to social media to express his displeasure.
Martin claimed that he and Saweetie wrote a song together, which they then sent to Minaj for a possible duet.
Instead of nurturing this triangle of talent, he al
Photographer sues singer Mariah Angeliq and Urban Outfitters for using a photo without his permission
Los Angeles-based photographer Abdullah Webster filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the singer Mariah Angeliq, Penske Media and Urban Outfitters after his photo appeared without his permission on merchandise, on clothing and in campaign advertisements.
Webster claims that Angeliq failed to pay him and his business, Hexlastudios, for a picture he took of the 23-year-old reggaeton, tra
American-Dutch coffee conglomerate Moccona maker sues Australia’s Vittoria over glass jar
The American-Dutch coffee conglomerate behind Moccona, Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and Koninkliijke Douwe Egberts BV (KDE), has accused Australia's Vittoria Coffee of copying Moccona's "iconic" shape of instant coffee in a glass jar.
The company sued Vittoria in Federal Court on the grounds that the latter was selling coffee in a glass jar that consumers might confuse for a Moccona product, whic
Katy Perry loses trademark battle with fashion designer Katie Perry
Pop singer Katy Perry has lost a 15-year trademark dispute with an Australian fashion designer Katie Perry.
Katie Taylor, who sells clothing under her birth name Katie Perry, filed a lawsuit against the pop diva, alleging that her merchandise violated a trademark she held.
The Australian designer launched her clothing business in late 2006 and registered “Katie Perry” as a trademark in Austr
Ed Sheeran sued for ripping off Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘Let’s Get It On’
British pop superstar Ed Sheeran has been accused of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit song Let's Get It On in his 2014 hit song Thinking Out Loud, but has denied the allegations in court arguing that similarities between the songs involve basic musical “building blocks” that are not protected by copyright.
The plaintiffs are the heirs of Marvin Gaye's songwriting partner Ed Townsend and incl
Family of Philippines’ late King of Comedy Dolphy sues Banayad Whisky for copyright infringement
The family of the Philippine’s late King of Comedy Dolphy Quizon filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a liquor company for using his image on its products.
One of the actor's sons, Eric Quizon, warned the public against Banayad Whisky using the copyrighted image of his father in the packaging to drive sales.
Eric posted an image on Instagram of the whisky's promotional image, as we
Nexon sues creators of “Dark and Darker” game over copyright infringement
Japanese-South Korean video game publisher Nexon has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a gaming studio and creators, accusing them of stealing trade secrets.
The defendants in the lawsuit are Ironmace Studios, the developers behind the multiplayer looter Dark and Darker, Ironmace’s founder Terence Seungha Park, and Dark and Darker developer Ju-Hyun Choi.
The two Korean companies
South Korean gaming company NCSOFT accuses Kakao Games of plagiarism
The creators of the mobile role-playing game ArcheAge War are being sued by South Korean video game developer NCSOFT for allegedly violating the copyright in its mobile game Lineage 2M.
The company filed the lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court against the game's publisher Kakao Games and developer XL Games for copyright infringement and unfair competition, claiming that ArcheAge War “im