In what is turning out to be a particularly litigious year for music copyright, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are now facing allegations that their megahit “Uptown Funk” ripped off Collage’s 1983 single “Young Girls”.
Under Singapore Law, “compilations” of information can be protected by copyright by reason of selection or arrangement of its contents. This lesser known aspect of copyright law was the subject of the recently concluded litigation between Global Yellow Pages Limited (“GYP”) – publisher of the “Yellow Pages” – and Promedia Directories Private Ltd (“Promedia”) – publisher of “The Green Book”.
In late 2015, renowned Singaporean artist Jane Lee discovered artworks which were uncannily similar to hers on Instagram. It appeared that Manila-born artist Monica Delgado, who currently resides in New York, visited Singapore years ago and encountered Lee’s paintings. Delgado was thereafter inspired to rework some of the creations she conceptualised during her days in […]
Magmatic Ltd (“Magmatic”), the UK company which designed and sold the well-known “Trunki” ride-on suitcases for kids has lost its legal battle in the UK Supreme Court (the “Court”) against rival PMS International Ltd (“PMS”), a Hong Kong company behind the “Kiddee” cases. Magmatic claimed that the “Kiddee” cases infringed its Community Registered Design (CRD) […]
The infamous opening riff of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (“Stairway”) – played ad nauseum by budding guitarists around the world – will soon be the subject of intense scrutiny in a copyright trial slated for 10 May. It turns out that the plucked intro of “the greatest rock song of all time” may have […]
In the latest in an ongoing spat between social media giant Facebook, and the German State, a German court has fined Facebook 100,000 Euros (US$109,000) for failing to comply with a court order to adequately inform users about how it was using their intellectual property. The dispute in question dates back to 2010, when the […]
In one of the most highly anticipated decisions emanating from the apex Court in the US in recent times, the US Supreme Court in Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics Inc was asked to consider, in the main, the patentability of a naturally occurring gene sequence which had been specifically isolated from the human […]
The following is the transcript of the speech delivered by the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Mr Daren Tang, at the keynote address for the iTechLaw 2016 International Asia-Pacific Conference on “Disruptive Technologies”, held in Singapore between 20 – 22 January 2016. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, INTRODUCTION It is my honour […]
Hotel Indigo Katong Singapore has reached an amicable settlement with the artist Richard Lee Xin Li. The latter had discovered last month – much to his shock and dismay – an image on the boutique hotel’s Facebook page incorporating one of his illustrations without his permission. The image in question depicted a wall of a […]
Louis Vuitton (LV) has been relatively well-known for its aggressive trade mark enforcement. Over the years, it has filed law suits against artists, Hyundai and even Warner Brothers for using its signature Toile monogram design. In the latest case, LV sued a small enterprise called “My Other Bag” which produced bags inspired by the “my […]