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by retrocausality
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

There is a case of a toy maker including the Opel logo on the model of a car, Adam Opel v Autec , which finds that faithful reproduction of a scale model, including the logo of the manufacturer, is not a trade mark infringement. I think you would have to consider when, or under what circumstances, ...
by retrocausality
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Just for fun... songwriting... paternal rights
Replies: 3
Views: 4931

Thanks guys, I'll check those cases out!
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Just for fun... songwriting... paternal rights
Replies: 3
Views: 4931

Just for fun... songwriting... paternal rights

A few years ago, a close friend of mine (a drummer) started helping a close friend of his (singer-guitarist) to develop and record some song ideas that the latter had come up with on acoustic guitar. The singer-guitarist isn't really a musician by trade, hadn't played live for years and had only eve...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

OK, I think I've just about got over the bad news about not being able to represent my company should the worst ever happen. :lol: I'll get back to the copyright stuff, as I've got a few more questions if you don't mind. :) I just had my boss on the phone, saying he's been talking to a motorsports p...
by retrocausality
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

but in the higher courts you would not be permitted to represent your firm Hi Andy, thanks again for the info. I won't dwell on this topic if it's not what the forum's for, I was just interested in the qualifications one would need in order to represent in an IP case. When reading that MediaCAT cas...
by retrocausality
Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

You say he was suspended for 2 years by the Law Society's Solicitor's Regulation Authority? Does this completely prevent him from practicing law at all for those 2 years? Is there a particular qualification or license required to appear in court as a solicitor? Would I, for example, (with only a deg...
by retrocausality
Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Sorry I couldn't reply yesterday, my IP address was blocked for spam for some reason. All cleared up now. I read that whole Media CAT case including the follow up. Crazy stuff! If they had actually received money from almost 10,000 people, surely they should be made to pay that all back too, possibl...
by retrocausality
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Hi AndyJ, I'm just reading through that MediaCAT case.... I'm up to point 23, with wide eyes and a sense of incredulity and morbid curiosity... like watching a train wreck unfolding before my eyes. Fascinating case! :shock: :D

Thanks again for all this info, I'm very very grateful.
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Oh, man, that Infopaq case is depressing... bang goes our new line in slogan tshirts. Am I right in thinking that the de minimis thing doesn't apply if the quote in question expresses the personality of the original author of the quote? I.E. we wouldn't be able to do a plain t-shirt with the words "...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Wow, thanks for that, AndyJ. LOTS of info there! There's definitely a few more cases I should read. The London bus one was very interesting. As an aside, I have no idea on the process or potential punishments for infringements. What would be the order of events if a movie company decided that one of...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

I don't understand why it was considered OK for Pally Screen Printing to make unofficial Teletubby tshirts. Unless of course the quality of those shirts was so poor that nobody would ever believe they were made by the beeb. This is not a fully argued case , so I don't think it has any relevance (no...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Hi Phil, I was going to post earlier, but Typo's response pretty much covered the original topic. I was going to expand on the idea/expression dichotomy (and I still can if you would like me to). However your third posting indicates you may need clarification on the trade mark issue. Unlike copyrig...
by retrocausality
Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Wow, thanks for the replies, everyone. Your help is very much appreciated. I've read all your replies but I'd like to go over them again when I'm slightly more awake. I just wanted to add a quick reply. With regard to passing off, it is almost starting to make sense to me, except for the muddied wat...
by retrocausality
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Going back to the Alien movie example, "Nostromo" was only ever registered by 20th Century Fox for the category of goods and services ""Toys And Action Figures", never for clothing... h t t p : / / tess2 . uspto . gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4007:q812wm.2.9 ...and they cancelled it in 1988. As far...
by retrocausality
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Movies and TV shows - copyrights and unofficial merchandise
Replies: 66
Views: 40921

Hi, and thanks very much for the reply. I've been reading about that Arsenal v Reed case this morning, funnily enough. If I understand it correctly, the original judge found in favour of the unofficial merchandiser, then the European court found in favour of Arsenal, then the original judge dismisse...