Richard Prince’s brush with copyright infringement

The name ”Richard Prince” is not a household one but within the appropriation art world this name rings familiar. Prince was a well-known contributor to the Gagosian Gallery; Prince is also known to use other individual’s pictures and artwork (and then claims it as his own). As a result of this, Prince has found himself in constant lawsuits over copyright infringement. The most recent of these suits being brought against Prince by Instagram model Ashley Salazar over a two-year old picture the model put up on the social media site.

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VPNs and Copyright: Developments from Singapore

The Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS) and the Singaporean Law Ministry issued a consultation document earlier in the month of August. The document proposed certain changes such as: permitting the use of text for data analysis even if the copyright owner could not be identified or contacted for consent and the reviewing of certain technological protection measures in the amended 2014 Copyright Act.

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Ivanka Trump’s “copying” controversy

Individuals in the fashion industry (like those in the music industry) run the risk of having their products and designs copied by competitors. Aquazzura is a footwear brand that was founded in 2011 by Edgardo Osorio. Ivanka Trump is a self-made entrepreneur like her father, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ivanka has her own fashion line that includes a shoe line – shoes that bear striking similarities to Osorio’s Aquazzura line.

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Safaricom’s “Blaze” campaign under fire

In June 2016 the advertising agency, Transcend, raided the offices of rival agency Saracen Media. Mike Njeru, chairman of Transcend, accompanied the police in conducting the raid. Transcend agency obtained a court order (after suing Saracen Media agency for alleged copyright infringement) allowing them to seize computers and documents from Saracen prior to the ongoing court hearing (that was scheduled for the 17th of June 2016). Continue reading “Safaricom’s “Blaze” campaign under fire”

Copyright infringement and piracy in Russia

This blogger previously reported on software piracy in Kenya. But piracy is an issue experienced worldwide.

In Russia there was an infamous copyright infringement case that was going on. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music sued (as separate suits) Russian network vKontakta (VK) as the network works as an unauthorised (thus illegal) music store. The three international networks alleged that much of the music featured on the network, VK, has been stolen from their own networks.

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s 14th claim

Between the 17th to the 22nd of July, Nairobi hosted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Alongside the members of the organisation, the current United Nations secretary general Mr. Ban-Ki-Moon, business leaders, investors and CEOs also attended the conference. UNCTAD works at national, regional, and global levels alongside other United Nations departments and agencies to track the progress being made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (as set out in Agenda 2030).

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CC Kenya Community Targets 200 New Members in One Year


During a recent meetup hosted by CODE-IP Trust in Nairobi, the CC Kenya community held very productive discussions around three main agenda items namely, community building, CC activities and funding. Present during the meeting were the representatives from the CC Kenya Leads, Wikimedia Kenya, Translators Without Borders and Kikao Law.

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