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Africa: A changing continent heading for ‘greater heights’

Africa30-05-2023Sarah Speight

Reforms to Africa’s patchwork of IP regimes show a commitment to a brighter future, according to Bemanya Twebaze, director general of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization.

AI ingestion of IP is fair use, says ex-USCO counsel

26-05-2023Marisa Woutersen

Former US Copyright Office general counsel maintains that AI use of copyrighted material when training models can be deemed as fair use | Another ex-GC forcefully argues against this viewpoint in a letter to the same IP subcommittee.

Vidal: ‘Responsible’ AI can make a positive difference

18-05-2023Tom Phillips

The USPTO director acknowledges data risks but is optimistic about the future of artificial intelligence, finds Tom Phillips at the International Trademark Association’s annual meeting in Singapore.

The junction between the Copyright Act and the Designs Act

India14-05-2023Manisha Singh and Akanksha Kar

An Indian railway engineering firm took the wrong track when it used copyrighted technical drawings and relied on the Designs Act as its defence, say Manisha Singh and Akanksha Kar of Lex Orbis.

Copyright and AI generators: are UK rights holders protected?

UK28-04-2023Joel Smith and Penny Thornton

In the wake of Getty Images v Stability AI, Joel Smith and Penny Thornton from Hogan Lovells ask whether UK law is adequate to protect rights holders from unlicensed use of their content.

Ed Sheeran on trial: fair inspiration or blatant plagiarism?

28-04-2023Sarah Speight

As the singer faces yet another copyright lawsuit—in this case over a Marvin Gaye track—he argues that there are 'only so many notes' in music and that 'coincidence' is inevitable. Sarah Speight asks, does he have a point?

World IP Day pledges from women across the industry

International26-04-2023Muireann Bolger

WIPR hears from influential women in IP, including former US federal judge Kathleen O’Malley, about why this year’s World IP Day theme has inspired them to promote women inventors and creatives.

AI strikes back: the ongoing wrangle between developers and creators

21-04-2023Muireann Bolger

As Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt retaliate against a lawsuit as well as their critics, Muireann Bolger delves into the febrile debate surrounding this technology and IP rights.

Q&A: counsel for Lidl on its trademark victory over Tesco

UK20-04-2023Sarah Speight

In a trademark and copyright battle between two supermarket brands, discount store Lidl took on ‘big gun’ Tesco and won. Counsel for Lidl, Ewan Grist of Bird & Bird, tells us more.

Twitter’s source code leak could represent ‘major crisis’

International29-03-2023Sarah Speight

Platform issues subpoena demanding identity of user who leaked code | Security breach coincides with drop in value by more than 50% | Lawyers speculate on employee revenge as motivation following mass layoffs.

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