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May
15
2017

Eurovision Copy Contest

Eurovision Copy Contest

While Portugal won the Eurovision 2017, Germany has won the “Eurovision Copyright Infringement 2017”. The German entry sounded very much like a recent hit song by David Guetta. Artist Levina took to the stage in Kiev, Ukraine, to compete for Germany with her entry: “Perfect Life”. But Eurovision fans not impressend. Social media was blasted with allegations […]

May
8
2017

The copy-tote bag? (2)

The copy-tote bag?

IKEA struck back after fashion label Balenciaga “copied” its signature tote bag. Online the similarities between Balenciaga’s designer bad and IKEA’s Frakta bag were heavily discussed, as we discussed earlier. IKEA put this discussion to great marketing use with its new ad. How do you recognise an IKEA Frakta bag? It’s simple: 1. SHAKE IT […]

Apr
26
2017

The copy-tote bag?

The copy-tote bag?

Copyright infringement is a hot subject nowadays. On internet everything is visible and sometimes music, art or designs are resembling. Which gives an opportunity of a good news item. In the media often the words plagiarism/copycats are used. For example, on the website Dezeen the similarity between the designer bag of Balenciaga and the IKEA’s […]

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 […]

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