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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

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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 […]

Feb
19
2018

Unchristian Dior

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An Indian designer has accused fashion house Christian Dior of plagiarism. Another David-versus-Goliath-tale in the fashion industry. Designer Orijit Sen said he was “shocked” by a cover of the Indian “Elle”, and accused the chic French fashion label of copying his work. The cover of the glossy features Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor, shown in a […]

Feb
5
2018

U2 guitar solo not copied

U2 guitar solo not copied

A New York judge has dismissed a copyright infringement case filed against U2 by musician Paul Rose. The law suit claimed that U2’s guitar solo on their single ‘The Fly, from the immensely popular 1991 album Achtung Baby, was a rip off of a 12-second segment of Rose’s 1989 experimental song ‘Nae Slappin’. Rose claims […]

Jan
29
2018

Grumpy cat wins €613.000,-

Grumpy cat wins €613.000,-

Social media sensation Grumpy Cat wins €613.000,- in a copyright infringement case. The cat that became an internet sensation because of its gloomy expression, has earned its owner a lot of money. Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, went viral due to its permanently moody face. The cat’s popularity resulted in a Christmas film, TV appearances […]

Jan
19
2018

Framed

framed

The ‘Dubai Frame’, a gigantic 150 metres high and 93 metres wide structure, nears completion despite the fact the original architect has sued for copyright infringement. The work of art is due to open later this year. Fernando Donis, a Rotterdam-based architect, won an international competition for the project nine years ago, organised by the Dubai Municipality Donis’ proposal – […]

Jan
15
2018

Law is in the air

law is in the air

The musicians behind the iconic hit “Love Is In The Air” are suing an American electric pop duo and Air France, accusing them of ripping off the song. Harry Vanda and George Young wrote John Paul Young’s ‘Love is in the Air’, a song so famous, you only have to hear the first few notes […]

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