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

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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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Collecting societies and their role in the music industry

After the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) elections in 2015, mainstream musicians were left uncertain as to the future of the industry. This uncertainty was made evident of social media as seen by Nonini’s Facebook post which reads in part:

“It’s sad that we have the numbers to change things but when it comes time to vote urban artistes are too busy to come out. Thanking everyone who came out yesterday and proud of Lady B for trying to stand up for change. Congratulations to Walimu wa Jane, our new director Nairobi region”

Since the elections MCSK has been at the centre of legal battles, controversies and even allegations. One of the most recent of these legal battles occurred of the 16th of July 2016. Albert Gacheru, of the famous Mwendwa Wakwa Mariru, has been in court since 2004 over a copyright infringement case – he alleged that his colleagues pirated his work.

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Brexit and its outcome with copyright and IP law

On Thursday June 23rd 2016 the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum that amounted to citizens voting on leaving the European Union (EU). This exit by Great Britain, or “Brexit” as some have taken to call it, means many things for Britain, the EU and to a certain degree the rest of the world. But this Brexit also means various things for copyright infringement and intellectual property (IP) rights.

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