Posts Tagged "infringement"

Medals, Models & Moguls – The Fashion News Roundup

Posted on Sep 19, 2012

Medals, Models & Moguls – The Fashion News Roundup

In this special report, the VineOracle (IPStell’s personal pundit on all things IP) brings news (and her own brand of predictions) for the aesthetically minded visitor. And it is a star-studded cast of high-flyers (and fast swimmers) from Paris and New York representing some of the most exclusive brands. But do not be fooled by the A-list members on call, from what the VineOracle hears, these celebrities are prone to IP rights violations aplenty. Read on:   Michael Phelps caught double dipping on the IOC’s bill  The greatest Olympian in history retired from professional swimming at...

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An Anthem To Ignorance – The Case Of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Posted on Jun 18, 2012

An Anthem To Ignorance – The Case Of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Articles dealing with Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and claims by various parties that they hold copyright in it and are entitled to claim, and have claimed, royalties for its use and public performance appeared over the weekend of 17 June 2012 in City Press and Rapport, and possibly other newspapers.  These articles claimed that, unlike enterprising third parties, the South African Government has missed out on vast sums of money by way of royalties for use of the song such as at major international sports events. With respect, these articles are well wide of the mark and exhibit a woeful...

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GOLDEN OLDIES? – Gallo Music v Sting Music

Posted on May 18, 2012

GOLDEN OLDIES? – Gallo Music v Sting Music

Gallo Music and Sting Music have locked horns in the South Gauteng Division of the High Court over copyright in certain songs named Thula Baba, Unomathemba and Siliwelile.  Gallo claims that it owns the copyright in these songs and that Sting therefore required their authority to include them in the stage musical Umoja and that it is entitled to claim royalties arising out of the inclusion of these songs in the musical.  Sting, on the other hand, claims that the songs are traditional and therefore in the public domain with the result that they are free for use by everyone, including...

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The press(ing) matter – plagiarism and copyright infringement

Posted on Feb 2, 2012

The press(ing) matter – plagiarism and copyright infringement

A journalist who cannot define plagiarism is nearly as useful as a bucket without a bottom. Similarly, while the nation is expected to rise in defence of the independence of the press (and rightly so), one might be excused for thinking that all members of the media are capable of independent thought. Unfortunately, judging by recent commentary on the SA Press Code, the captains of our printed media understand as little about plagiarism as the ruling party does about intellectual property law. While addressing a hearing of the Press Freedom Commission earlier this week, Barney Mthombothi, the...

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ACTA – a sting in the tail for IP rights enforcement

Posted on Oct 7, 2011

ACTA – a sting in the tail for IP rights enforcement

Surreptitious negotiations, covert drafts, leaked documents and swift announcements at the eleventh-hour – such is the stranger-than-fiction story of the ‘Piracy Treaty’ signed by several world powers in the past week. Amid controversy about the autocratic role of the USA in the drafting process, and the not-so-voluntary gist of the treaty, most of the Allied Powers have signed the treaty, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The other signatories are Japan, South Korea, Morocco and Singapore, while the EU, Mexico and Switzerland have indicated their willingness to accede to the...

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