The European Union Moving to Trademark Perfumes

The law protects the creations of individuals through patents, copyrights, and trademarks so they can benefit of the economic gains of their efforts and defend the use of their intellectual property by other entities, businesses or individuals. The most common trademarks are visual, such as logos, slogans, which distinguish a product or service but is important to note that not only graphics or visuals can be trademarked. Recently, the courts in Europe are moving in the…

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Ed Sheeran and Tim McGraw sued for song copyright violation

Famous musicians, Ed Sheeran and Tim McGraw, are battling a lawsuit against Sean Carey and Beau Golden for copyrighting Carey/Golden’s 2014 song “When I Found You”. Ed Sheeran co-wrote Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s song “Rest of Our Life” which became very popular and climbed in the music charts. The Australian duo Carey/Golden claims the song deliberately copies the music notes and the overall theme from their 2014 song. You can hear a layered comparison…

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Padmaavat: Bollywood film making the zealots crazy

Contribution by Bhavini Mistry In 2017 protests erupted across India over the production of a Bollywood film based on a sixteenth-century historical poem called Padmaavat. The story revolves around a married Hindu queen named Padmaavati and a Muslim emperor named Alauddin Khilji who becomes obsessed with her. The dispute in India arose from the fact that it is a story of forbidden love between a Muslim man and Hindu woman. Moreover, the story highlights conflicts…

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Avengers, Beauty and Guardians of the Galaxy Facing the Court

Thanks, Bhavini Mistry for your collaboration. Movie companies Paramount Pictures, Fox, and Disney were sued for copyright infringement by Rearden LLC for using their MOVA “facial motion-capture technology” in their box-office winning films Marvel’s Avengers, Beauty and the Beast, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Rearden LLC believes that these movies have used their technology without consent and should be confiscated or even destroyed. They also claim that they own the output of their facial software program. The…

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