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Village named Asbestos changes name

2020-01-15T10:44:30+01:00

The Canadian mining village of Asbestos wants to change its name. According to the mayor, the name limits the economic growth of the village. The village’s name is – obviously – linked to “asbestos”, a substance that used to be [...]

Village named Asbestos changes name2020-01-15T10:44:30+01:00

From Jay to Z

2020-01-16T11:44:50+01:00

Rapper Jay-Z has sued an Australian author for trademark and copyright infringement over a children’s book. Jessica Chiha, the author of the children’s book “A B to Jay-Z” published in 2017 by her Kickstarter-funded company, has upset the rapper. Jay-Z's [...]

From Jay to Z2020-01-16T11:44:50+01:00

‘Sky’ is the limit

2019-12-17T15:22:24+01:00

NASA has renamed a faraway ice planet after a major backlash over the name’s Nazi link. The farthest cosmic body ever visited by a space probe, which orbits somewhere in the Kuiper Belt, about a 1.6 billion kilometres beyond Pluto, [...]

‘Sky’ is the limit2019-12-17T15:22:24+01:00

Copyright is bananas!

2019-12-16T16:58:00+01:00

You may have heard this: a banana artwork that was worth $120,000 is eaten by 'hungry' artist. An artwork that sold this month for $120,000 and was hailed as “a symbol of global trade” has been eaten, in what might [...]

Copyright is bananas!2019-12-16T16:58:00+01:00

Minimalist brands

2019-11-26T14:15:45+01:00

What if you strip a brand of its most iconic features: its logo, its distinctive packaging, its colour? Will it still be recognized as the famous brand that we all know? Or will all brands sort of blend together? Designer [...]

Minimalist brands2019-11-26T14:15:45+01:00

Sundae Bloody Sundae

2019-11-26T14:10:47+01:00

McDonald's in Portugal has apologized for the marketing slogan "Sundae Bloody Sundae" in his Halloween campaign. Many people reacted furiously to the slogan that refers to one of the bloodiest days during 'The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. The term 'Bloody [...]

Sundae Bloody Sundae2019-11-26T14:10:47+01:00

Not livin’ it up at the Hotel California

2019-11-26T14:08:50+01:00

Rock band The Eagles are suing a hotel over its name. The Eagles, perhaps best known for the 1976 classic "Hotel California" acquired the trademark for the name 'Hotel California' in the late 1970s. The hotel in question opened in [...]

Not livin’ it up at the Hotel California2019-11-26T14:08:50+01:00

Copy as you are (2)

2019-11-26T14:03:19+01:00

A California federal court recently ruled in favour of the grunge band Nirvana in an ongoing case against fashion label Marc Jacobs. In December 2018 Nirvana filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Marc Jacobs for stealing its iconic yellow and [...]

Copy as you are (2)2019-11-26T14:03:19+01:00

Don’t mess with the Escobar-brand

2019-11-26T14:00:23+01:00

If there’s one person whose intellectual property you don’t wanna mess with, it’s Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, the brother of the now-late drug overlord Pablo Escobar. Escobar Inc, the self-proclaimed rightful owner of the Pablo Escobar trademark, has won [...]

Don’t mess with the Escobar-brand2019-11-26T14:00:23+01:00

A Rubik’s cube is just a cube

2019-11-26T13:50:46+01:00

This month, the General Court of the European Union ruled on appeal that the shape of the Rubik's cube cannot be registered as an EU trademark. This confirms the decision that was already made in 2017. Since 1999, the cube [...]

A Rubik’s cube is just a cube2019-11-26T13:50:46+01:00