Intellectual property

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A former employee of Vodacom has taken the cell phone group to South Africa’s highest court. He claims to have invented the popular “Please Call Me” service but never got paid for it. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Intellectual property: what can be learnt from South Africa’s “Please Call Me” case

Vodacom's battle with its former employee over the "Please Call Me" service brings home global disputes over intellectual property rights. Do South African laws adequately protect innovators?
Cultural icon, legal headache. That Hartford Guy

Courthouse Rock: Elvis’s legal legacy at 80

When asked in 1977 what he would do now that Elvis was dead, his manager Colonel Parker allegedly replied: “Why, I’ll just go right on managing him!”. In Parker’s mind, neither Elvis’ name, image, likeness…
Few would argue piracy is not changing the industry, but is it really killing it? r5d

How piracy is changing the music industry landscape

While legal sales of recorded music continue to suffer from widespread music piracy, the popularity of live music appears to be enjoying an unprecedented boom, particularly in the UK where new stadiums…
This isn’t trademar-geddon but the Redskins trademark cancellation is going to have serious long-term effects. EPA/ Larry W. Smith

Washington Redskins trademark is lost, but not the game … yet

On Wednesday the US Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the US trademark registration for the Washington Redskins football team. This is a big victory for Native American groups, and an important development…
English and French clubs are sprinting away from the rest. Joe Giddens/PA

A hooligan’s sport, played by gentlemen. But who owns rugby?

The Heineken Cup, European rugby union’s premier competition, faces an uncertain future. English clubs continue to woo teams from France and Wales into a rival competition, with promises of increased revenue…
The leaked IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations reflects a highly prescriptive set of rules that if adopted would prove harmful to Australia. voteprime/Flickr

IP trade negotiations a prescription for harm

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has responded to last week’s leak of the intellectual property chapter negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, arguing Australia won’t agree to anything that would “force…
Artists see very little of the “millions” of dollars paid to major record labels for the right to stream content. Blixt A. via Flickr

Music streaming revenue structures stacked against artists

Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora pay many millions of dollars each year for the rights to the music they play. But how much of this ends up back with artists and songwriters? The answer: not…
Some 95 years after the last Sherlock Holmes story was published, several parties are locked in a landmark US litigation case. Flickr/Tom Margie

Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street

Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge – since his fight to the death with Professor James Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. Who owns Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective? Is it the estate…
The character of Superman has had a storied intellectual property history, having spawned countless imitations and emulations in comic books, films and popular culture. Wikimedia Commons

Who owns Superman? The Man of Steel fights trademark law

Who is Superman’s greatest threat? Evil genius Lex Luthor? General Zod from the Phantom Zone? The doppelganger Bizarro? Super-villain Brainiac? Kryptonite? Or is it intellectual property law? In 2013…
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being negotiated as we speak, but inventors and internet users look to lose out. Ian.Go

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a knockout blow for innovation?

Free trade: it sounds good for innovation, doesn’t it? Well, not necessarily - and here’s why. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement under negotiation among various Pacific Rim…
How serious an issue is the theft of intellectual property, and who does it affect? ALERAI

Great idea, thanks: intellectual property and theft

If ideas are currency in a knowledge-driven industry such as scientific research, why is intellectual property (IP) so often taken without consent? The majority of ideas generated through scientific endeavour…
As the Indian delegate said, ‘If we don’t get cheap technology we will never be able to adapt to climate change’. But Doha was reluctant to discuss the matter. Danish Wind Industry Association.

The Doha deadlock: intellectual property and climate change

In November 2001, Doha hosted trade talks over intellectual property and public health. The discussions resulted in the landmark Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health. The Doha Declaration…
Rio+20 has backtracked on many intellectual property measures put in place by Agenda 21. David Foote/AAP

Rio+20: who owns the Green Economy?

The Rio+20 summit has raised a number of difficult questions about law and technology: what is the relationship between intellectual property and the environment? What role does intellectual property play…

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