Banksy artwork on Reading Prison: Could copyright save it from demolition?

The Banksy artwork depicting a prison break (reported here) on the side of Reading Prison has generated much interest including calls from the creative and dramatic industries to turn the prison into a space for the arts.  Kate Winslet joined the campaign against the Ministry of Justice’s intentions to tear down the building, joining Kenneth Branagh …

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Books Notes: In Black and White – A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Legal System

3 Sentence Summary Alexandra Wilson sets out her very real experience of being a pupil Barrister, the professional challenges and the skills that made her have the success she has. She poignantly highlights throughout the book the various discrimination issues facing the Bar and the Criminal Justice System whilst shattering the stereotype that Barristers are …

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Burger King marketing campaign for FIFA 21 exposure raises questions of image rights

Burger King has a brilliant marketing campaign which puts its logo on the shirt worn by football stars such as Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappé. You may think that these players all play for different teams, but when Burger King became the front-of-shirt sponsor for League Two side Stevenage in 2018 it …

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How your food can be protected by Intellectual Property

Fit Kitchen has been successful in protecting its brand against Scratch Meals over the use of the wording "Fit Kitchen" on meals that were being provided to supermarkets. It was held that there was sufficient goodwill in the Fit Kitchen brand in order to establish the goodwill, misrepresentation, and damage necessary for there to be …

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Under Armour falls foul of CAP Code for claim that shirt reflects energy onto your muscles

An Under Armour Ad for the "Men's UA RUSH Compression Long Sleeve" baselayer has been found to be misleading due to the claims stating that the: "baselayer has been tested and proven to improve strength and endurance". Steph Curry may be using the bio ceramic compression base layer, but as of yet there does not …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in a Film (with a little bit about stop-motion)

Feature films, documentaries and even 10 second adverts require a huge number of people to come together in order to produce a final product. Projects can have collaborations on the scripts or screen-plays, multiple camera angles can require multiple camera operators and before the cameras even start rolling there are contributions from numerous people. Every …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in a Wimbledon Tennis Match

The Wimbledon Championships will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19, but the BBC will be showing some of the classic tennis matches that have taken place over the years and Wimbledon itself will show some special matches on social media. When watching Roger Federer, Serena Williams or Andy Murray at SW19 you …

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Amateur restoration ruins another Spanish painting – but what about the copyright?

An art collector in Spain has been left unimpressed by the attempts of a furniture restorer to restore a Baroque painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. There were two attempts to fix the art resulting in what can only be considered a new take on the Immaculate Conception. This incident has been compared to the 2012 …

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Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre releases report on Streaming with some interesting comments on copyright infringement

The Policy & Evidence Centre, led by Nesta and in collaboration with the University of Glasgow has released a report looking at the changing online culture consumption behaviour amongst UK adults aged 12 and above. The conclusions of the report do not suggest that everyone will become a digital streamer of content, but rather the …

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Facebook Artificial Intelligence could change the market place – thanks to your photos

Facebook is launching a "universal product recognition model" which is set to transform they way consumers purchase goods. It looks towards a future where the products in images on the site can be identified, classified and then purchased in one place. This concept os "social first" purchasing may not be new, with influencers using the …

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