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by retrocausality
Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:22 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Ah! Ok!

Thanks Andy!
by retrocausality
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hi again. And thanks for that, Andy!

Another question... trademark related...

What does "protected" mean?

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/23/WE00000907082

Usually on the IPO website they're "registered" or "dead" but that one says "protected" so I was wondering if it was a special case.
by retrocausality
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hi Phil, I agree that the judge made it fairly clear that the facts in this case made it exceptional, and thus that a more general use of an artist's likeness on a tee-shirt would probably not amount to passing-off, because either one or both of the elements of goodwill or misrepresentation would f...
by retrocausality
Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hi Phil, I just wanted to bring a recent case to your attention as it has a number of elements which bear on your area of concern. It's called Fenty v Topshop [2013] EWHC 2310 Ch, but is being referred to colloquially as Rihanna v Topshop, since Fenty is Rihanna's real surname. In summary the case ...
by retrocausality
Fri May 24, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hi Phil, You should definiteIy work on the principle that even though a particular movie may be in the public domain, that would not necessarily apply to its poster. Even more so if different posters were produced for different national cinema audiences. For instance, a poster produced in the UK wo...
by retrocausality
Thu May 23, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hi all, me again! The topic of "public domain movies" has come up again, with me being charged with the task of finding old movies we can make retro t-shirts for. I know we covered this briefly earlier, but I just wanted to check that I understand it correctly and that we're definitely ok to do so. ...
by retrocausality
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Interesting! In that case it looks like I might've been overly harsh when I audited the designs, getting rid of the ones that I thought were possible infringements. I need to take a look at the list again and see if I can reinstate some designs.

Thanks again!
by retrocausality
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Passing-off is much wider in scope and includes other behaviour which implies that there is a direct connection between the genuine goods or services and the ones which are allegedly being passed-off , for instance verbal statements that they are genuine. That's why I tried to analyse the issue of ...
by retrocausality
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

(snip) That said, you know about the three elements generally accepted as being necessary to make out a claim: goodwill, misrepresentation and damage. While most bands will probably be able to establish that they have goodwill among their fans, the other two elements are going to be much harder to ...
by retrocausality
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hey guys, me again! Since I last posted, we've signed a licensing deal with a music industry photographer, who has worked with many famous names over the last few decades, photographing them in photoshoots and at live concerts as their official photographer. She sells her photographs online, (much l...
by retrocausality
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

For a Trade Mark to remain valid it has to be re-registered periodically, and in order to do that there must not be a break of more than 5 continuous years of inactivity associated with the mark. So even if early films titles were registered as marks when they first came out, it is highly unlikely ...
by retrocausality
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

But if you intend to use these film posters only in the UK (or at least not in the USA) then UK law says that only the maximum term which would be available under the relevant UK Law at the time , assuming it is shorter than the current US term, will apply here. Oh, am I reading this correctly? Cop...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

... But apart from that, working out what is and is n't in the public domain in the USA is immensely complicated because it depends on, among other things whether the copyright was ever registered, and if so whether re-registration was applied for. In a large proportion of cases re-registration was...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Hey guys, me again. An idea has come forward in our t-shirt company, that we should make retro t-shirts out of "public domain" movie posters for old black and white B-movies. But how old does a movie have to be for the poster to be "public domain", and does it being PD mean that anyone can sell t-sh...
by retrocausality
Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 45072

Phil, Sorry not to have time to answer this is depth tonight, but take a look at this case which has some of the features you raise: Irvine v Talksport This was appealed here and here . Since UK law doesn't especially protect an individual's personality or image rights, the main weapon celebs have ...