Kraftwerk win sampling lawsuit – what next for European copyright law?

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It took 20 years, but justice has been dealt at last. In a case filed in the late 90s, the European Court of Justice ruled in favor of Kraftwerk, deeming the sampling of the band’s 1977 tune “Metall auf Metall” by the producers of singer Sabrina Setlur (in her 1997 song “Nur Mir”) unlawful. Granted, […]

Gibson loses Flying V trademark case in EU court

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Gibson has just lost their Flying V trademark case in EU court. The court has stated that the Flying V body shape has “no demonstration of distinctive character”.  Flying V trademark case blow Dean Guitars’ legal team will surely be watching this outcome and using it in their defence against Gibson, over the alleged copyright infringement […]

Gibson launches anti-counterfeiting website report form: Anything to declare?

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Coming after a (cough) much-discussed video warning other guitar builders of legal action in cases of copyright infringement and launching a law suit against Dean Guitars for copying its designs, Gibson has taken another step: The US maker has introduced a form on its website where people are encouraged to report instruments that may infringe […]

Gibson sues Dean Guitars, claims copyright infringement

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That was quick! Hot on the heels of the Play Authentic video hosted by Mark Agnesi comes news that Gibson is following up on its threat – and taking a guitar maker to court for infringing on its copyrights! We understand that Gibson is suing Dean Guitars and its parent company, Armadillo Distribution Enterprises Inc. More details […]

Gibson’s Mark Agnesi to guitar builders: “You’ve been warned” over copyrights

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Gibson has uploaded a video to YouTube featuring Mark Agnesi, its Director Of Brand Experience. And it’s a bit, well, odd. In the video, he warns builders that Gibson will take action against copyright infringements on their trademarked designs. The gloves are coming off at Gibson, it seems…  Trademarks Gibson’s latest YouTube video is entitled Play Authentic. Mark […]

Roland registers the look of the TR-808 and TB-303 as trademarks

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It all feels a little bit too late but Roland has quietly registered the design and look of their classic TR-808 drum machine and TB-303 Bassline synth as trademarks.  Legendary looks The look of the 808 and 303 are iconic and instantly recognisable. And that design has found itself in everything from t-shirts and mugs […]

Electro Harmonix wins copyright piracy case against Mooer

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Electro-Harmonix has been awarded a “nearly six-figure” sum against pedal manufacturer Mooer in a Chinese court. The reason: copyright infringement on the software contained in EHX’s C9 Organ Machine and Micro POG pedals. Chinese Copies Back in 2016, our sister site gearnews.de reported that EHX had gone to court to stop the sale of two […]