As Britain begins to recover from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, copyright licensing is more important than ever, explains Rebecca Deegan, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the British Copyright Council.
Creating an engaging and eye-catching logo is crucial for many businesses, but make sure you’re compliant when it comes to copyright.
Lawsuits often stem from copyright infringement, plagiarism, or inaccurate details surrounding true events. In some cases, a lawsuit is wrapped up quickly, but here several famous copyright infringements that led to legal action.
A company was hired to help construct a mobile game version of Westworld. However, it used copyrighted code – bugs and all – from its previous employer: the creator of Fallout. Let’s just say a lawsuit is now in the pipelines.
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Gina Bicknell, a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial team at Thomson Snell & Passmore, advises businesses on the importance of considering IP protection from the get go.
The importance of intellectual property protection is two-fold. On the one hand, it’s about protecting key business assets and on the other, it’s about unlocking and exploiting the value in those assets through activity such as licensing deals.
Securing trademarks is the most effective way of maintaining the reputational value of your business, whether you’re a small startup or a huge, world-renowned brand.
On 28 July 2016, the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) comes into force, meaning some artistic works will now fall back under copyright. It provides a long-stop date of 28 January 2017 for the final stocks of products that may now infringe copyright to be sold through or destroyed.
Protecting your intellectual property (IP) rights is becoming more important for business owners. In the past two decades alone, investment in protecting IP has increased from £23.8bn to £63.5bn, and shows that companies are ready to protect intangible assets from other businesses.
Digital imagery and copy offers business almost unlimited scope to promote itself. Razor-sharp online images and fibre-optic networks capable of delivering high-definition material to millions of computers, tablets and smartphones have been game-changing, but the new landscape brings risk with it as well.
The latest lawsuit to hit Apple suggested that despite the iPhone only being nine years old, it was designed in 1992 – and the tech firm's team had nothing to do with it.