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Apr
12
2017

Whose photograph is it?

whose photograph is it

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has settled a major copyright infringement claim over his hit single ‘Photograph’. Photograph was the fifth single from Sheeran’s 2014 album ‘X’. Fellow songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the British artist last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song “Amazing”. The songwriters claimed the chorus of the […]

Apr
5
2017

Slipper suit

Slipper suit

Sports brand Puma has filed a law suit over pop artist Rihanna’s shoes. After reports that retailer Forever 21 is offering lookalike versions of footwear from Rihanna’s Fenty line for Puma, the German sportswear brand is striking back with a design patent, trade dress, and copyright infringement lawsuit. Puma claims that the LA-based fast fashion […]

Apr
3
2017

Duelling descendants (2)

duelling descendants

The Jimi Hendrix Estate is suing Hendrix’ brother over a trademark issue. Again! Two companies representing Jimi Hendrix’s estate, have sued the guitar legend’s brother in a long-running dispute over the use of trademarks and copyrights in Hendrix-themed products, such as “Jimi’s Cannabis Collection Purple Haze” and “Jimi’s Wines”. Leon Hendrix, Jimi’s brother, and his business […]

Mar
22
2017

Let’s be Frank

Let's be frank

Zara has struck again. It is once again under over copyright infringement. The Spanish clothing chain has put a sweater on the shelves, that looks very much like a design by Belgian designer Cathy Franken. Many of the big fashion houses have seen similar versions of their designs pop up on the shelves of Zara. […]

Feb
13
2017

Pæper læmp

Pæper læmp

A Dutch design duo has accused IKEA of counterfeiting its design lamp. Dutch designer Margje Teeuwen has designed, together with Erwin Zwiers, a lamp that looks like a big wad of paper. The design duo was stunned when IKEA came along with an almost identical lamp. In a lawsuit against the Swedish furniture and home accessory […]

Jan
18
2017

And poof… it’s gone

And poof... it's gone

A young Belgian rapper got nearly 3 million views, but his video was taken offline due to copyright infringement. The rapper that goes by the name Yung Mavu has hired a lawyer to get the clip back online. Mavu’s was getting almost three million views when the clip disappeared suddenly. Noah Mavuela did some freestyle rapping on top […]

Jan
2
2017

Run Amazon Run

One of the founders of hip-hop group Run DMC is suing online retailer Amazon for $50.000.000 over trademark infringement. Musicians Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are better known as RUN-DMC. McDaniels is now claiming trademark infringement, stating that Amazon and Wal-Mart have allegedly been selling clothing and accessories with the group’s […]

Dec
9
2016

Dr. Hippo

Dr. Hippo

A Florida artist is suing medical facility Mercedes Medical LLC for copyright infringement. The artist, Caleb Prochnow, states in his law suit that in 2005, he created original pictorial illustrations of a cartoon hippopotamus, who is now immediately recognizable and referred to by Mercedes Medical as “Henry the Histo-Potamus”. After a four-year arrangement for limited use as an […]

Dec
5
2016

Bed decisions

Bed Decisions

IKEA is being sued before Germany’s highest court by German brand e15. e15 claims an IKEA bed is copied from one of its own designs. It concerns IKEA’s Malm bed, which bears a striking similarity to e15’s SL02 Mo. Frankfurt-based e15 is arguing that the Malm is a copy of its design and that the similarity has led customers […]

Dec
2
2016

Goldfinger

goldfinger

Kylie Jenner is facing a legal battle over her wildly popular makeup line. The reality television star, and half-sister of socialite Kim Kardashian, has been accused of misappropriating the imagery of Vlada Haggerty, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist. Haggerty claims to have a copyright on a photo that depicts metallic liquid dripping off of a pair […]

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