This Week In Review: Week 14

New Copyright Act in Nigeria to Reboot Copyright System and Meet Global Standards

Originally posted by Realnews Magazine
The Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Dr. John Asein, has stated that the recently signed Copyright Act 2022 will help to reboot Nigeria's copyright system to meet international standards. The Act repeals the Copyright Act, Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and provides for the regulation, protection, and administration of copyright in Nigeria. The new Act includes provisions for enforcing copyright in the digital environment, regulating the production, sale, warehousing, and other dealings in copyright matters, and protecting against piracy and other intellectual property-related issues.
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IFPI report highlights opportunities and threats of AI in the music industry

Originally posted by TorrentFreak
The music industry is keeping an eye on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in music creation and copyright regulation, with industry insiders emphasizing the need for AI to complement rather than replace human input and for copyright rules and regulations to be upheld. The annual Global Music Report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) highlights both the opportunities and potential threats posed by AI in the music industry, including the possibility of AI-generated vocals being used to cover songs and potentially replace artists.
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Boundaries for Parody Use Established by Italian Supreme Court in 15-Year Legal Battle

Originally posted by IAM
Legal boundaries established by the Italian Supreme Court for the use of parody in relation to others' intellectual property rights in a 15-year legal battle between an American company that holds the rights to the fictional character Zorro and an Italian mineral water brand that used the character in a commercial. The court's decision provides a legal definition of parody and its limitations, particularly in relation to the use of well-known trademarks, highlighting the need for creators of parodies to be aware of these legal limits in order to avoid potential legal repercussions.
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UK IPO Issues Guidelines for Trademark Applications in the NFT, Virtual Goods, and Web3 Era

Originally posted by The Fashion Law
New guidance on trademark applications for businesses operating in the emerging fields of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), virtual goods, and Web3 technologies has been released by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO). The guidelines specifically address the distinct considerations and obstacles that these companies may encounter while seeking trademark protection for their brands in these pioneering areas.
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Adidas backtracks on BLM trademark opposition

Originally posted by BBC
Adidas has reversed its decision to challenge a Black Lives Matter (BLM) trademark application featuring three parallel stripes with the US Trademark Office, after facing criticism. The sportswear giant had previously argued that the design of the BLM Global Network Foundation would cause confusion with its own iconic three-stripe mark. However, Adidas has not explained why it has withdrawn its opposition.
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