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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 […]

Aug
2
2018

The victory of Bayern München

One of the most famous football clubs in Europe was recently involved in a trademark issue: Bayern Munich. The subject of the fight was the logo of Sailer Brau for beer. Bayern Munich found this brand too similar to their own logo and filed an opposition. At first the opposition was dismissed, but an appeal […]

Jul
30
2018

McGregor fights for its trademark

McGregor fights for its trademark

Dutch fashion company McGregor is filing a lawsuit against the company that makes the clothes for martial artist Conor McGregor. Conor McGregor is an opponent that many martial arts athletes shy away from. Both inside the ring and out, the 30-year-old Irishman regularly walks the limits of what’s permissible. Clothing brand McGregor is not afraid […]

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
25
2018

Kim Kardashian’s copy?

The life of a superstar is often under a magnifying glass: everything what the star does is news. The new perfume line by Kim Kardashian is no exception, it received worldwide attention. One company was not so happy with the VIBES brand: Vibes Media. Kim Kardashian thinks their logo was copied. This company filed a […]

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
3
2018

Jacobs’ Tale

Jacob's Tale

Douwe Egberts is a well-known coffee brand in the Netherlands but also known for various products in other countries. The owner of Douwe Egberts is the company Jacobs Douwe Egberts, which is the result of the merger between Douwe Egberts and Mondelez. Jacobs Douwe Egberts wanted to protect the Jacobs Douwe Egberts trademark in the […]

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. […]

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