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Oct
8
2018

Covered by a cover

Covered by a cover

A Canadian artist is accusing a home decor retailer of copyright infringement after noticing a duvet cover that resembles her painting that hung in one of the company’s stores. Artist Jill Paddock’s blue, yellow and white abstract painting of flowers had been hanging in the Calgary West Elm for almost a year, before it was […]

Sep
28
2018

Go-Kart event stopped by Nintendo

Go-Kart event stopped by Nintendo

The District Court in Tokio ordered the operator of a go-kart service to stop its event. MariCar, Inc. hosted an go-kart race, in which the attendees were allowed to drive on public roads wearing costumes of Nintendo’s characters in the “Super Mario Cart” video game. Nintendo was not amused and claimed damages, stating the event […]

Sep
24
2018

Not so Original Penguin

No so Original Penguin

7-Eleven is suing menswear brand Original Penguin. The world’s largest convenience store retailer claims Original Penguin has copied its iconic private brands, including SLURPEE, SLURPEE LITE, and BRAINFREEZE on clothing. According to 7-Eleven this constitutes “trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition”. In its lawsuit, the retailer requested the court to order Original Penguin to stop […]

Sep
21
2018

Maya the smoking Bee

Maya the smoking bee

Belgian children’s program producer Studio 100 has gotten into a copyright fight over its icon cartoon “Maya the Bee”, after a Greenpeace campaign had used the image of the cartoon character. Just before the summer, Greenpeace launched an ad campaign criticizing Studio 100, because it uses popular children’s figures such as Maya the Bee to […]

Sep
17
2018

A cloudy case

A cloudy case

A photographer from Montana (USA) has filed a lawsuit against Netflix for, allegedly, using one of his photos without permission in two of its productions. The photographer in question, Sean R. Heavey, says Netflix used his photo entitled “The Mothership”, which shows a giant storm cloud in the Montana sky in the hit series “Stranger […]

Sep
7
2018

Generic Magic

The popularity of the Harry Potter series has led to various festivals across the world. But Warner Brothers’ IP lawyers are putting a vanishing spell over these local events. A large Philadelphia Harry Potter Festival that attracted over 50,000 fans has been canceled. Also, a smaller Harry Potter Festival in Roanoke has now changed its […]

Sep
3
2018

What wood you do?

What wood you do?

The architect who designed the new Terminal 2 for the Thai International airport, is accused of plagiarism. A Japanese museum shows a similar design. DBALP Consortium has recently won the competition for the new Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal 2, organized by the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT). But soon after the winner was announced, […]

Aug
3
2018

SimCity 2000 remake taken down

SimCity 2000 remake taken down

Computer game developer Electronic Arts has started a take-down procedure against OpenSC2K, a fan-created remake of the classic city-building title SimCity 2000. In the beginning of this century, SimCity 2000 was a monster hit of a game, in which players could build their own cities that they had to run like a mayor. OpenSC2K developed […]

Jul
27
2018

Farting unicorn

Farting Unicorn

Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and founder, is being accused of infringing on copyright, but he is happy to admit this is the case. Promotional materials for Tesla used images of a unicorn farting into a pipe in order to power an electric car. The image was originally drawn by Colorado potter Tom Edwards. Tesla did […]

Jul
19
2018

Is Fortnite a copy?

Is Fortnite a copy?

The online game Fortnite is a massive hit, but is now facing copyright infringement charges. Developed by Epic Games, Fortnite is a 2017 cooperative shooter-survival video game. One of the game modes features a free-to-play battle royale game, where up to 100 players fight in increasingly-smaller spaces to be the last person standing. The title’s debut […]

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