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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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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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The High Court has rejected a claim brought by one half of a duo who appeared on the Voice UK – the claim was brought against Eurovision 2021 contestant James Newman and members of Rudimental for allegedly infringing the copyright in one of her songs.

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs): are they a way for celebrities to 'reclaim' their image? And what happens to the IP?

Published on 06 August 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate

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Non fungible tokens, unique blockchain-backed certificates of authentication, can monetise digital assets, or in some instances help to 'reclaim' one's image – but it's not one NFT- fits-all for IP rights.

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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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(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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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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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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Ferrari slams the breaks on trade mark revocation as the CJEU hands down a significant ruling on luxury goods and 'genuine use'

Published on 09 December 2020. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate

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The European Court of Justice (CJEU) recently ruled that the use of an EU trade mark for sales of second-hand goods or spare parts can constitute 'genuine use' for the purposes of European trade mark law. The CJEU also found that where a mark is registered for a broad category of goods (in this case, "vehicles and their parts"), its use in respect of high-priced luxury sports cars and their spare parts only constitutes 'genuine use' for the entire category. The decision will be welcomed by luxury brand owners, in particular, those seeking to protect legacy or discontinued product lines.

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Wheely good news for product designers?

Published on 17 June 2020. By Ben Mark, Partner and Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate

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In Brompton Bicycle, C-833/18, the CJEU has confirmed that copyright can subsist in designs that are shaped to achieve a certain technical result, provided certain conditions are met.

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COVID-19 prompts changes to working arrangements for the Court of Justice of the European Union

Published on 09 April 2020. By Louise Morgan, Senior Associate and Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate

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Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CJEU announced, on 19 March 2020, that it will be temporarily changing its working arrangements.

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EUIPO issues clarification on COVID-19 extension of time for trade mark and design proceedings

Published on 01 April 2020. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and Ben Mark, Partner

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The EUIPO has issued a clarification in respect of Decision No EX-20-3 noting that the extension of deadlines in trade mark and design EUIPO proceedings to 1 May 2020 applies automatically.

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First UK Court decision applying Cofemel

Published on 30 January 2020. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate

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The IPEC has issued its first ruling following the CJEU's decision in Cofemel, finding that "complete conformity" with EU law would exclude any requirement of aesthetic appeal.

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Copyright in designs: G-Stars in their Eyes

Published on 23 September 2019. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate

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The CJEU has ruled on the requirements for copyright to vest in designs and applied art.

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