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Eurovision contestant and Rudimental come out on pop in copyright dispute

Published on 19 August 2021. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and Jessica Pease, Trainee Solicitor

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Coming out on pop: Rudimental's single Waiting All Night, composed by Eurovision 2021 contestant James Newman, was not the product of copying a song written in 2001 by a contestant on the Voice UK.

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(Sex) Pistols at dawn over Danny Boyle's new biopic series

Published on 19 July 2021. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and Sophie Parkinson, Trainee Solicitor

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Sex Pistols band members accuse frontman John Lydon of being No Fun and creating Anarchy for refusing to authorise licences for the use of the band's music in Danny Boyle's forthcoming TV series, Pistol.

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Who gets to deliver my news? - Ofcom starts its consultation on changes to media ownership restrictions

Published on 30 June 2021. By Marlon Cohen, Senior Associate and Kiran Dhoot, Associate

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Ofcom is looking to update old rules governing media ownership in the UK to reflect consumers increased access to news online and the fragmented use of traditional media, and the implications of reform could be far reaching.

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Streaming platforms to consolidate? "The stuff that dreams are made of"

Published on 10 June 2021. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and Sophie Parkinson, Trainee Solicitor

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Discovery and AT&T's WarnerMedia are merging to create a streaming behemoth named Warner Bros. Discovery, and Amazon is reportedly in talks to acquire Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). Will this mark a trend in the consolidation of streaming platforms, and what are the implications?

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Court of Appeal upholds copyright infringement decision against digital radio aggregator

Published on 12 April 2021. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

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The Court of Appeal has refused TuneIn's appeal of a 2019 judgment finding that it had infringed the copyright of Warner and Sony by linking to online radio stations.

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UK Courts find hidden voice in film authorship dispute

12 February 2021

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The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has found that there was there was an additional joint author of the Florence Foster Jenkins screenplay – in a decision of significant relevance to the film industry.

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Reproduction of infringing content online: who's liable?

Published on 21 July 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

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Keyword advertising, search engine optimisation and liability for infringement via online marketplaces: In recent years, there has been a plethora of cases concerning the various ways that trade marks may be infringed, through use on the internet.

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All change! No extension means major changes for IP rights holders from 1 January 2021

Published on 02 July 2020. By Ben Mark, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate

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Under Article 132 of the Withdrawal Agreement, 30 June 2020 was the last day that the UK could have requested an extension to the Brexit transition period. The COVID-19 outbreak prompted many to speculate that a request would be made but the deadline passed, without event.

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Nederlands Uitgeversverbond v Tom Kabinet Internet – a CJEU guide on how to play it by the book

11 February 2020

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Tom Kabinet (the Defendant) is a Dutch company which sells used e-books online (the Books). The Books are purchased by the Defendant, either from individuals or official distributors, and are then re-sold for a lower price to customers who are registered on the Defendant's website as members of a "reading club".

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All that glitters is not "Gold"

Published on 09 January 2019. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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How does the court calculate what a reasonable license fee is, and what conduct will be sufficient for the court to award additional damages under section 92(2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998?

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