Intellectual property

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UK’s Covid vaccine donations alongside move to block waiver ‘shameful’
Campaigner criticises opposition to WTO effort to waive intellectual property rights for vaccines as UK starts delivery of 9m doses overseas

Jessica Elgot

28, Jul, 2021 @2:57 PM

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Olivia Rodrigo accused of plagiarism by Courtney Love and others
Artwork for Sour Prom, which has similarities to Hole album Live Through This, criticised as ‘rude’ and ‘bad form’ by Love

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

28, Jun, 2021 @11:10 AM

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Banksy trademarks two of his best known artworks in Australia
Successful legal bid to trademark Love is in the Air and Girl with Balloon comes after a similar move in Europe failed

Mostafa Rachwani

23, Jun, 2021 @9:06 AM

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Leading authors sound alarm over post-Brexit changes to copyright
Philip Pullman and Kate Mosse among writers warning that changes being considered could flood UK with cheap foreign editions and threaten livelihoods

Alison Flood

10, Jun, 2021 @12:27 PM

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Licence to content: Amazon’s MGM takeover gives it access to Bond and beyond
Another worrying step in the monopolisation of entertainment, the internet giant’s $8.45bn splurge is about adding reams of classic Hollywood IP for its film-making arm to feast on

Peter Bradshaw

26, May, 2021 @3:12 PM

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Paul McCartney and Kate Bush lead call for change to music streaming payments
Open letter to Boris Johnson signed by 156 musicians including Led Zeppelin and Annie Lennox aims to reword 1988 Copyright Act

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

20, Apr, 2021 @1:25 PM

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The Covid crisis: some people think it’s all over … it isn’t
A new reality check is coming unless the west replicates its ‘whatever-it-takes approach’ to help poorer countries cope

Larry Elliott

18, Apr, 2021 @9:41 AM

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Caterpillars in court as M&S sues Aldi over Colin cake ‘lookalike’
High street chain lodges intellectual property claim and demands grocer stop selling discount sponge roll

Zoe Wood

15, Apr, 2021 @4:42 PM

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Top songwriters call for end to 'bully tactics' by artists over royalties
Writers behind string of chart-topping songs pen open letter, alleging pressure from artists to give up publishing royalties

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

31, Mar, 2021 @1:26 PM

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David Crosby sells music catalogue, citing Covid restrictions on touring
Crosby sold his catalogue to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group for an undisclosed sum

Laura Snapes

04, Mar, 2021 @10:41 AM

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‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits
Hit songs can be a better investment than gold – and by snapping up the rights, Merck Mercuriadis has become the most disruptive force in music

Dorian Lynskey

27, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Taylor Swift countersues Evermore theme park over use of her music
Dispute continues following February lawsuit against singer, whose most recent album shares its name with Utah attraction

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

25, Feb, 2021 @9:37 AM

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