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Jul
21
2011

Oh my God!

The humor in Salvation Boulevard, a religious comedy about a priest who promotes his church in an unconventional way, is not pleasing everybody. In fact, the Church of God has filed a lawsuit against Sony Pictures, IFC Films and Comcast on the base of infringement of the trademark and copyright of their logo (see left). […]

Jul
20
2011

Watch out

A large part of an IP attorneys work is about counterfeit. We mentioned earlier (here and here) the dangers of counterfeit. But beside the dangers, there is also a criminal aspect about counterfeit goods. The new campaign of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) is about highlighting the criminal aspects of counterfeit watches. Of […]

Jul
19
2011

Copyright or inspiration?

Everlasting question in copyright law: at what point does inspiration turn into copyright infringement. We refer to our earlier post on this subject. This issue was also the discussion point in the lawsuit recently filed by photographer Janine Gordon against photographer Ryan McGinley. An interesting article shows us the concerning photographs. The coincidence is remarkable, […]

Jul
18
2011

Luxury brands. It is all in your head!

Luxury brand have an exclusive atmosphere and feeling about them. Counterfeit aside, luxury products are only for the famous. H&M started a concept years ago, proving that it is not necessary for great looking designer clothing to be expensive. A concept that has turned out an enormous success. Zeeman (Dutch for: Sailor) is a chain […]

Jul
16
2011

Monkey business

This story has been buzzing for several time now, but has meanwhile grown to great proportions. What happened is this: David Slater is a great photographer who visited a national park in Indonesia. At one point a monkey took Slater’s camera a ran away with it, taking hundreds of photographs. IP lawyers and photographers were […]

Jul
15
2011

TGIF: IP question of the day

Fact The Chinese police drives around in Mercedes-Benz cars. However, this is frowned upon by many Chinese people: driving around in luxury cars paid for by taxpayers’ money is considered unnecessary. The police came up with a simple – and apparently working – solution: the Mercedes-Benz logo is replaced with a logo of a much […]

Jul
14
2011

Harry Potter vs. Tanja Grotter

You cannot have missed it: this week the last Harry Potter movie premiered in cinema’s world wide. J.K. Rowling’s story about a young sorcerer has proven an enormous hit since 1997, the year of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Children and adults around the world have embraced the book and the movies […]

Jul
14
2011

The IOC, Lord of the Rings

Next year, the Olympic Games are held in London. The Olympic Games are one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Obviously some companies are trying to free ride on this event (we recall our post on the Bavariababes last week as a nice example of free riding). As the FIFA, the IOC keeps […]

Jul
13
2011

IP rights to baby animals

When a baby animal is born in the zoo it is a good thing. Not only because animal births in captivity are still very special, but also because it is sure to draw a lot of public and media attention to the zoo. Especially when it concerns an animal with a high level of cuteness, […]