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Justin Bieber settles with photographer over Instagram post

US25-10-2019Saman Javed

Justin Bieber has settled with a photographer who claimed the singer had infringed his copyright by posting a paparazzi picture of himself to his Instagram.

China bans all content from PewDiePie and ‘takes’ his copyright

China22-10-2019Saman Javed

Popular YouTuber PewDiePie’s content has been banned in China after he reacted to a meme which compared the country’s leader to Winnie the Pooh.

Models win $100k from strip clubs over false advertisement

US05-08-2019Saman Javed

A jury has awarded nine models more than $100,000 over allegations that two Florida-based strip clubs used their pictures in advertisements without permission.

USPTO invalidates patent in victory for Whatsapp

US22-07-2019Saman Javed

Facebook has won an inter partes review before the US Patent and Trademark Office in a patent dispute over its messaging service, Whatsapp.

Ad watchdog urges FTC to sanction ‘deceptive’ influencers


An advertising watchdog has filed a complaint against social media influencers who allegedly failed to “clearly and conspicuously” disclose their relationships with brands when promoting products and services.

Report reveals rates of social media TM infringement

France, Germany, Italy, UK, US01-02-2019

Almost half of UK professionals surveyed by CompuMark, a division of analytics company Clarivate Analytics, said they had litigated trademark infringement cases relating to social media names in 2018.

Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes banned from YouTube


The YouTube account of Vice co-founder and Proud Boys creator Gavin McInnes has been banned from the platform for copyright infringement.

Facebook bans all Kodi boxes from site


Social media site Facebook has banned the sale of all streaming devices that use Kodi software. 

PIPCU seizes more than 2,000 counterfeits from UK address


The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has seized more than 2,118 items from a residential address in the UK, during a period of action against suspected online sellers of counterfeit goods.

Makeup or fakeup? Report says social media aids counterfeit cosmetics


The availability of counterfeit makeup products on social media has become “increasingly pervasive”, with 19.5% of surveyed online shoppers purchasing fake cosmetics online by mistake, according to new research.

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