After some successful albums we did not hear a lot from the successful band Kaiser Chiefs. And now they are back with a brand new single which demonstrates new artistic flavours.
With this album the Kaiser Chiefs launches also an interesting copyright and trademark discussion. Their album cover (left ) is a parody of the British bike parts trademark Sturmey Archer (right).
According to the Kaiser Chiefs a tribute to British heritage but the producer responds outraged and finds it plagiarism. The question whether this use is an infringement of a copyright and maybe a trademark right is a very interesting one. In the Netherlands we have the parody exception, somewhat similar to the fair use exception in the US. Hopefully, this will lead to interesting case law.
While the discussion is interesting, the parody of the Kaiser Chiefs has been done before:
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