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Joint Authorship and Copyright in light of the 'Martin vs. Kogan' Appeal Judgment

November 2019 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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Authors: Dr. Annabel Hili and Mr. Brandon Meli

Background and Facts of the Case

In recent years, the notion of “joint authorship” has been the subject of various debates and discussions, most notably in relation to copyright works in the film industry. A recent judgment in this regard is the ‘Martin vs. Kogan’ judgment, where in 2017 the case was brought before the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) at first instance, with the latter’s decision being appealed. Last month, the Court of Appeal delivered a landmark appeal judgment which serves as a guidance to joint authors, highlighting the level of input that is needed for a contributor to be ultimately regarded as a joint author for their contribution.

The main dispute in the case in question concerned the authorship of the screenplay of the 2016 drama-comedy film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, which was directed by Stephen Frears and starred actors Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Nicholas Martin, a professional writer of film and television scripts, is regarded as being the sole author of the film’s screenplay. However, Julia Kogan, a professional opera singer, claimed to be a joint author of the film’s screenplay, seeking a portion of Mr Martin’s film income. Both Mr Martin and Ms Kogan gave conflicting statements on the creation of the film’s screenplay. Mr Martin, claiming sole authorship, did not contest the fact that Ms Kogan had introduced him to the story of Florence Foster Jenkins. He stated that Ms Kogan was a supportive proof-reader and sounding board, outlining minor information and suggestions based on her musical experience. On the other hand, Ms Kogan, claiming joint authorship, credited Mr Martin as being the main writer, but based creative collaboration. She stated that she wrote, either alone or with Mr Martin, significant parts of various scenes. Mr Martin and Ms Kogan were in a relationship and living together during the creation of the early drafts of the film’s screenplay, and the couple regularly discussed the project.

Re-filing Trademarks: A Case of Déjà Vu?

September 2019 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Gauci-Maistre Xynou.

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Trade marks give a face to a product which enable us identify a brand. As consumers, we take them for granted even though they punctuate memories of our daily lives. How many of us ever think of the creative and strategic thinking that goes into their composition? In contrast, we are more familiar with trade mark infringement. And what is breaking news are the risks of re-filing new applications for the same trade mark that should not be glossed over. 

MFSA publishes FAQ document about The Virtual Financial Assets Framework

The Malta Financial Services Authority has published a document outlining frequently asked questions in relation to the Virtual Financial Assets Framework. It provides key information on the framework itself, classification of DLT assets, VFA agents, Initial Virtual Financial Asset Offerings, VFA service providers,

AML/CFT requirements and transitory provisions.

Unconventional Trademarks Post-KitKat:

October 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Mamo TCV Advocates.

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Nestle’s ongoing campaign to secure trademark protection over the shape of their famous four-fingered KitKat bar suffered a major blow last July after their loss at the EU Court of Justice to American confectionary giant Mondelez International in the ultimate clash of the confectionary titans. But does Nestle’s loss really signal the end of the unconventional EU trademark?

Copyright and Freely Accessible Photos: The Implications for Website Operators & Social Media Users

October 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Mamo TCV Advocates.

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Copyright and Freely Accessible Photos: The Implications for Website Operators and Social Media Users.

The CJEU Pronounces Itself on Christian Louboutin’s Famous Red Sole

The CJEU has added a new chapter to a long saga of jurisprudence concerning one of the most well-known trademarks in IP circles worldwide. The decision marks a new victory for world-famous designer Christian Louboutin in his ongoing international struggle for trademark protection over his “red sole” mark in the market for high-heeled shoes.

Positive Update on EU Trademark and Industrial Design Rights Post-Brexit

The UK government has published an updated Draft Withdrawal Agreement, highlighting consensus on the future of existing EU IP rights in the UK.

Silence is Golden: Holding the Breach on Free Speech with Trade Secret Law on the Horizon

“EU Directive 2016/943 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information” is coming soon to a legislature near you. If you didn’t know (or care) until now, here are a few reasons why you should.

What Can You Legally “Watch Free Online” and When?

Putlocker. BitTorrent. PirateBay. Napster. Mediafire.

Ring any bells?

We'll bet they do.

A More Poignant New Year than Usual for French Winemakers After CJEU Ruling on “Champagner Sorbet?

February 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Mamo TCV Advocates.

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A recent court judgment of the CJEU on the use of the term “Champagne” might have broader implications for protected geographical indications in other agricultural sectors.

Can your IP disclose your ID?

July 2017 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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An “IP”, or “internet protocol” is a unique series of numbers allocated to each and every device connected to a network, including and most notable the internet. Similar to your physical  home address to which postal articles are addressed and delivered, internet traffic is delivered to your computer’s address i.e. your IP address.

European Commission Proposal Strengthens Privacy Rules for Electronic Communications

January 2017 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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Following a leak in early December, the European Commission has officially published the finalised proposed new legislation which aims to strengthen privacy in electronic communications. The Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (“Proposal”) aims to repeal the ePrivacy Directive. These rules will be updating existing laws and bringing them in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), forming part of the Digital Single Market Strategy.


January 2017 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GVZH Advocates.

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Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission has been working on reforming the E-Privacy Directive. The draft law was leaked on the 13th of December 2016. Although this is not the final version, we now have a clearer idea of what to expect in the coming months. The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation is expected to be finalized by January 2017. Since this is no longer a directive but is now a regulation, there is no need for it to be transposed. It will become effective within 6 months as opposed to the normal 2 year period, which means that companies will have a much shorter time period within which to bring themselves in line with the Regulation.

The most important changes found within the draft Regulation are the following:

  • Prior consent must be obtained for cookies and any other kind of online tracking techniques (first party analytics are exempted). Nevertheless, when cookies are necessary for technical reasons, there is no need for consent. This means that pop-ups requiring consent for cookies will no longer be necessary.
  • Privacy by design – device and software manufacturers must set default settings to block cookies by third parties.
  • New opt-in requirement for direct marketing phone calls. However, Member States may choose to allow such calls on an opt out basis instead. There must be a specific marketing prefix number making these calls easily identifiable.
  • Direct marketing by electronic communications is only allowed with respect to end users who have given their prior consent.
  • Information related to the end user’s device is now protected.
  • Publicly available directories must obtain consent from end users (if natural persons) prior to including their personal data in the directory.
  • Consent may be withdrawn but only at periodic intervals every six months
  • Fines which may be imposed in the case of a breach of the provisions of this Regulation are the following, depending on the offence in question:
    • 4% of global revenues or €20 million, whichever is higher; or
    • 2% of global revenues or €10 million, whichever is higher, for providers of devices and software who fail in their privacy by default obligations.

Although a revamped privacy regulation is welcome, it is certainly lacking in two important areas: it makes no mention of data retention or encryption. Local Data Protection Authorities will be responsible for the implementation of this Regulation. “OTT” (over the top) services such as Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook and Messenger will be expected to comply, together with traditional telecommunication services providers. The Regulation will have extra territorial effects as even third country websites will be required to conform in order to ensure that website visitors hailing from the European Union will have their rights protected.

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