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 […]