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Oct
6
2017

Don’t toy with counterfeit toys

Thousands of counterfeit Frozen dolls, Minion yoyos and SpongeBob SquarePants jigsaws were seized from a single wholesaler in the area of Manchester. Infringement? Yes. But also very dangerous! Sometimes counterfeit goods may seem like a good way to buy products at a lower costs. But people rarely realise that there could be actual danger involved. […]

Oct
4
2017

The banana suit

The banana suit

Hallowoon is coming. One of the popular outfits is the banana costume, like the one left. It is fun, right? And also big money as Rasta Imposta, a big seller of party costumes, started a court action against Kmart Corp. and Sears in New Jersey on the basis of infringement of copyright , trade dress […]

Sep
25
2017

Never bake a fake cake

Never bake a fake cake

Can a cake be copyrighted? An interesting question, after seeing last week’s episode of the Dutch hit programme “Heel Holland bakt” (which translates to: “Everyone in Holland bakes”). The show follows a number of amateur cake bakers that battle for the title Dutch Master Baker. Last week, contestant Gwenn baked a gorgeous cake: a melon […]

Sep
18
2017

Movie poster infringement?

Movie poster infringement?

Two posters look very much alike. But is it plagiarism? ‘No’, says copyright expert Jan Vegchel. The case is questions concerns two posters. One poster is from the movie Le Mépris (1963), starring Brigitte Bardot and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and the other one is from an International Film Festival “Film by the Sea”. Bob […]

Sep
12
2017

Monkey business (4)

Monkey business (4)

Probably, everyone knows the case where photographer David Slater attempted to take a picture of the black crested macaque in Indonesia in 2011. A monkey picked up one of his cameras and started playing with it, taking hundreds of photos. Most images failed, but a few of the pictures were quite sharp and the selfie […]

Aug
14
2017

Blue jacket case

Blue jacket case

The court of The Hague ruled that Esprit violated Scotch & Soda’s copyright. Fashion retail chain Scotch & Soda went to court, when it noticed a copy of a Scotch & Soda short quilted hooded jacket in an Esprit shop in Tilburg (The Netherlands) in 2015, a model sold by Scotch & Soda since 2012. […]

Jul
7
2017

Candle in the court

Candle in the court

Retail chain Zara Home has been ordered to pay €7.500,- for copying a coat of arms that was created for a Dutch family. Belgian designer Patrick Damiaens sued the Spanish company after spotting his design in a decorative candle in a branch of Zara Home in France. A judge agreed that there were overwhelming similarities between his work […]

May
29
2017

Larger than life

larger than life

Artist Jeff Koons has, once again, been accused of plagiarism. After Koons unveiled a 15-meter inflatable ballerina at Rockefeller Center in New York, social media screamed “Plagiarism”. Allegedly, the inflatable ballerina is an extra large version of a 19 centimeter high statue “Balerina Lenochka” of the 1993 Ukrainian artist Oksana Zhnikrup. Zhnikrup made it as an assignment for a […]

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