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by bbloke
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Counterfeiting on Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 8437

Hi AndyJ, Thanks for your swift reply. With regard to the design rights, yes I am referring to the copying of the wording and/or artwork. They are copying the artwork/wording, with the exception of the text "Pin It On ®" which is in small print at the side of the pin and can't be seen on ...
by bbloke
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Counterfeiting on Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 8437

Counterfeiting on Amazon

This is a bit of a sorry tale and, perhaps, one you are familiar with. I design, manufacture and sell badges online. The badges are packaged and branded with my registered trademark. I do not sell the products wholesale. Lately other sellers - all based in China - are offering counterfeit versions o...
by bbloke
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Royal British Legion and the poppy
Replies: 2
Views: 10806

Hi AndyJ,

Thanks for your reply and advice!
by bbloke
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Royal British Legion and the poppy
Replies: 2
Views: 10806

Royal British Legion and the poppy

Here's a very sticky subject! I've been selling various remembrance badges over the last few years, giving the profits to Help For Heroes and the Royal British Legion. I've probably raised a few hundred pounds. It's not much but it all helps, I guess. It's a cause that is important to me as my grand...
by bbloke
Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Is this infringement or reasonable?
Replies: 3
Views: 5482

Many thanks (yet again!) for your stellar reply Andy. Much appreciated :D
by bbloke
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Is this infringement or reasonable?
Replies: 3
Views: 5482

Just an update. My competitor, in the spirit of professional courtesy, has removed his product from sale :D Nevertheless, I'd be interested to hear what you think, as he argues that each badge design is too simple to copyright. My argument is that the product is designed and sold as a set of six, no...
by bbloke
Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Is this infringement or reasonable?
Replies: 3
Views: 5482

Is this infringement or reasonable?

I have a set six of fancy dress badges that I designed and sell on ebay/amazon, etc. They're quite popular and have sold quite well for the last few years. Here is a picture: http://thumbs2.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/miU2dlVRiA7s5hg7S8qBuXg.jpg Recently, one of my competitors has created a strikingly s...
by bbloke
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Trademark Infringement query
Replies: 2
Views: 6467

Hi AndyJ, Thanks for the - as ever - detailed response. So it seems you are the unlucky victim of ebay's Vero intellectual property protection scheme which makes it easy for the big players to get stuff they don't approve of removed, without having to seriously justify their claim. Indeed! I've arou...
by bbloke
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Trademark Infringement query
Replies: 2
Views: 6467

Trademark Infringement query

Hi, I've had one of my products removed on ebay as a trademark infringement. It's been listed on ebay for several years, so I was a little surprised. However, after some investigation I suspect they may have a point. I'd be interested to hear your take on it! The item is a badge which parodies the W...
by bbloke
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Ebay trademark violation issue
Replies: 2
Views: 5660

Hi AndyJ Thanks for your quick response and your help! Mulling this over during the afternoon, I came to the same conclusion. I'm not quite sure why I used the phrase 'inspired by X' at all. I've previously avoided such terms precisely because of my concerns over listings being over-enthusiastically...
by bbloke
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Ebay trademark violation issue
Replies: 2
Views: 5660

Ebay trademark violation issue

Hi, I sell badges on eBay. I've just had a listing removed for Trademark violation. There's a lot of traders dealing in copyright/trademark infringing items on there, but I work very hard to ensure I'm not one of them! However, in this case I'm not quite sure if I'm very close to the line or over it...
by bbloke
Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Query regarding the tort of 'passing off'
Replies: 4
Views: 8279

Fantastic. Thanks again for your help!

I did stumble across the Interflora & M&S case earlier today, but shall read further. :D
by bbloke
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Query regarding the tort of 'passing off'
Replies: 4
Views: 8279

Hi AndyJ, Thank you very much for your thorough answer! Much appreciated. :D On a further point, if the example "United" product was available to buy online, would the use of the keyword/meta tag "Manchester United" on a web page constitute passing off? I think this is a really i...
by bbloke
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Query regarding the tort of 'passing off'
Replies: 4
Views: 8279

Query regarding the tort of 'passing off'

I've been researching the passing off tort and I have a query regarding its limitations, specifically with regard to original designs created with relation to an organisation or individual. I suppose this might be a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question, but here goes! Say, for example, ...