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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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in The Last Dance, Michael Jordan, and the Jumpman logo

The Last Dance on Netflix is a unique take on the story of Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls - the attempt at a second three-peat that would guarantee his place as the greatest basketball player of all time. During the 10-part series we have seen the disputes with the front office, the …

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May the 4th be with you: Disney, a hashtag, and a little bit of intellectual property

May 4th is already a significant day for Star Wars, with many fans in lockdown (including this one) thinking about a galaxy far far away. Today appears to be of particular importance with the Skywalker Saga being released on Disney+. But Disney may have tried to go a little too far in its promotion and …

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The ASA vs Zoella and ASOS: Influencers, ad-law and an instagram post

The ASA recently came to a decision which showed that even the most experienced influencers can get ads wrong sometimes.  Zoe Sugg, better known as Zoella (and perhaps one of the "original" influencers), posted an instagram story featuring an image of herself wearing a floral maxi dress last summer and it was found to breach the CAP …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in a Pandemic

The Corona Virus Pandemic has had far reaching consequences which we are all aware of.  Below is a brief look at how COVID-19 has raised various issues relating to Intellectual Property. It is not intended to be a review of the most significant issues created by the pandemic, but rather a look at how intellectual …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in the After Dinner Drink

Being on lockdown during the Coronavirus Pandemic has made many people reflect on the things they are missing: time with friends and family; visiting cafes; dinner at restaurants; and even a drink at the bar. This made me think of the place I would most like to visit and the drink I would most likely …

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What does the iPad Pro LiDAR scanner mean for Augmented reality?

The iPad Pro 2020 comes with an important addition, a LiDAR sensor - the iPad Pro now has a laser on the back. This is yet another example of Apple leading with hardware knowing that apps will be developed in order to take full advantage. Being the first Apple product to be equipped with LiDAR, …

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