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Jun
15
2018

A simple ABC

a simple abc

The estate of Michael Jackson has sued network ABC for copyright infringement, after airing a special on the pop singer’s final days. The two-hour special called “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” used his songs and music videos without permission, the estate claims. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. “Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estate’s […]

Jun
8
2018

Court goes bananas over banana case

The banana suit

On Rasta Imposta’s website you can buy a bunch of banana-costume products: banana dresses, banana hoodies, “zombie banana” outfits and even the famous “Chiquita Banana”, with the produce producer’s blue logo. Kangaroo Manufacturing is also selling banana costumes, which are too similar to Rasta’s liking. In court the lawyers hauled in four sets of costumes, […]

May
25
2018

I love copyright

I love copyright

Artist Nicki Minaj’s steps into the fashion business, which aren’t going too well. She is being sued for copyright infringement. Fellow artist Isiah Simon filed a lawsuit against Minaj and her record label Universal Music Group over some t-shirt designs on their merchandising website. Simon claims he designed the heart shape boob and has the […]

May
18
2018

National Geographic cover copied?

National Geograpic cover copied?

The newest cover of National Geographic magazine was named iconic almost immediately after publication. The cover shows the plastic pollution of the ocean in a striking way: it appears to be an iceberg, but underwater it is a plastic bag. But the image has allegedly been blatently copied. Matus Bence, a Slovak graphic designer, noted […]

Apr
30
2018

Wrestler’s tattoos copyrighted

Wrestler's tattoos copyrighted

A tattoo artist is suing a gaming company to claim copyright of her work. Apparently a wrestler’s tattoos in the game WWE 2K18 are a little too realistic. The company behind WWE’s new game WWE 2K18, a wrestling game, has made wrestler Randy Orton’s character so realistic that they’ve accurately depicted his tattoos in great […]

Apr
9
2018

A politician that resembles a comic character

politician resembles comic character

A comic character suing a politician for looking too similar. That’s how crazy IP gets sometimes! So, what happened? Children’s comic Beano has accused Jacob Rees-Mogg, a British politician and Member of Parliament, “masquerading” as their character Walter Brown, a.k.a. “Walter the Softy”. It’s clear as day: the politician has copied Walter’s “snootiness”, his “hair […]

Mar
26
2018

Culture clash

culture clash

A remarkable case in Belgium: an artist designed a tower of beach cabins, but is being sued for plagiarism by another artist with a very similar design. The tower of beach cabins by French artist Jean-François Fourtou is causing a lot of commotion in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist. The design is part of “Beaufort”, […]

Mar
12
2018

H&M sued by graffiti artist

mischief

Fashion chain H&M has taken a graffiti artist to court over a copyright dispute. The Swedish retail giant, has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment after being threatened with legal action over its use of graffiti art in a marketing campaign. Graffiti artist Jason Williams threatened H&M with legal action after it featured an image of […]

Mar
2
2018

Jumpman

Photographer Co Rentmeester has lost a case against sports manufacturer Nike about alleged copyright infringement on an iconic photograph from 1984. Rentmeester claims that the photo he took of basketball legend Michael Jordan, has served as inspiration to make the legendary ‘Jumpman’ logo. The photographer stated a few months later Nike staged a virtually identical […]

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