Secondary copyright infringement?

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The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 gives two different groups of infringing acts. They are primary infringement and secondary infringement. For secondary infringement, the defendant needs to have had certain knowledge, or reasonable grounds to have that knowledge, at the time of carrying out the infringement. The following acts, if carried out without the […]

Primary copyright infringement?

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The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 gives two different groups of infringing acts. They are primary infringement and secondary infringement. Primary infringements are ‘strict liability’ torts, which means no knowledge or intention is needed to be shown by the defendant to establish liability. If a person does any of the following restricted acts in […]

UK intellectual property after Brexit

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Tim Moss, CEO of the United Kingdom (UK) Intellectual Property Office (IPO) spoke at the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) virtual autumn conference. He said the UK’s intellectual property (IP) system “is one of the worlds best and that will not change after the 31 December” (end of the Brexit transition period). Whilst […]

News: EU Commission rejects reciprocation on unregistered design protections

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With a possible no-deal Brexit just around the corner, United Kingdom (UK) designers have been dealt a major blow. The European Commission had opted to reject reciprocation between the European Union (EU) and UK on unregistered community design protections. This means that UK designers unregistered rights within the EU will stop on the 31 December […]

News: UK to have its own geographical indications after Brexit

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The United Kingdom (UK) Government has announced that the UK will have its own geographical indications (GI) scheme after Brexit. It will be implemented on the 1 January 2021. A GI is a sign used on products which have a specific geographical location and have qualities or a reputation that is connected to that location. […]

Intellectual property crime

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Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) released a report aimed at informing policy makers and law enforcement on the connection between intellectual property (IP) crime and other criminal activity. The report has shown that many organised crime groups that are involved in counterfeiting goods also participate in other criminal activity. These groups […]

Can you use military insignia, logos, and badges on a website?

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Ministry of defence (MOD) insignia is protected by Crown copyright, with the majority is also protected by trade mark and/or design registration. Badges, crests, arms, logos, and banners fall under the term insignia. The Defence Intellectual Property Rights (DIPR) department is responsible for managing the licensing of the majority of MOD Crown copyright material. Legal […]

What is a trade mark?

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Trade marks are governed by the Trade Marks Act 1994. Section 1 of the Act defines trade marks as ‘any sign capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings. A trade mark may, in particular, consist of words (including personal names), designs, […]

Alleged members of a piracy group arrested!

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Three men have recently been arrested and charged with copyright infringement conspiracy. They are Umar Ahmad, Jonatan Correa, and a local Isle of Wight man named George Bridi. It was reported that fifty-year-old George Bridi was detained in Cyprus on an Interpol Red Notice. American lawyers are attempting to extradite Mr Bridi to stand trial […]

What is copyright infringement?

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The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 details two types of copyright infringement. They are primary infringement and secondary infringement. Primary infringements are ‘strict liability’ torts, which means no knowledge or intention is needed to be shown by the defendant to establish liability. For secondary infringements, the defendant needs to have had certain knowledge, or […]