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Banksy’s merchandise “shop” in Croydon, London. Shutterstock

How Banksy’s latest trademark row could backfire

Forced into selling his own merchandise to stop others doing the same, the artist could end up facing other similar challenges because he trademarks rather than copyrights his artworks.
Think twice before copying Tyson’s tattoo. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Who owns your tattoo? Maybe not you

Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.
Problem solved. Jin Thai

Rubik’s Cube trademark puzzle solved by EU court

The Rubik’s Cube has confounded millions of people, including myself since discovering it in my uncle’s house as a child. And now the iconic three-dimensional puzzle has been the subject of an EU ruling…
Do you have permission for this shrine? EPA

Shock marketing reached new lows with MH17 trademarking

Just hours after MH17 crashed into fields in eastern Ukraine, a mysterious Malaysian company filed an application with authorities in Australia to trademark the doomed plane’s flight number. If accepted…

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