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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 […]

Jul
16
2018

The Duvel is in the details

The Duvel is in the details

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat has lost a court case against the Van Honsebrouck Brewery. The court did not agree with the brewery that Filou beer is confusingly similar to the famous Duvel beer. Duvel is one of Belgian’s most well-known beers. The brewery was not amused when they noticed that Van Honsebrouck, in their opinion, tried […]

Jul
9
2018

Liberty and justice for all

liberty and justice for all

The US Post Office is ordered to pay $3.5 million for using a “wrong” image of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp. In 2010 the US Post Office released a “Forever” stamp featuring a photograph of the Statue of Liberty. But instead of the actual statue, the image was a photo of a Statue […]

Jul
2
2018

You’ve bean sued

You've bean sued

The artist that created Chicago’s famous bean-shaped sculpture, has filed a lawsuit accusing the National Rifle Association (NRA) of copyright infringement, after it had used an image of his work in a video advertisement last year. Artist Anish Kapoor’s lawsuit is seeking the removal of the image from the video and damages for copyright infringement. […]

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 […]

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