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Van Kaam practises IP and media law. Within these fields we know every corner. Every end. Every possible pitfall. It's knowing both ends that makes us one of a kind. To know upfront what the other party will do, before they even think about it.

 

 

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    A new future for sounds and scents?

    A new future for sounds and scents?

    Trademark law has a long history of high-profile cases. The constantly innovating digital society keeps providing new opportunities. The European agenda was completed with a new task in 2014: intensifying and modernizing the EU Intellectual Property framework. The new EU Trademark Regulation and Trademarks Directive entered into force on 23 March 2016. The new regulations should make the current trademark regulation more effective, efficient and consistent. How much will the new regulation affect the possibility to register sound and scent trademarks?

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    EU-US Privacy Shield launched by European Commission

    EU-US Privacy Shield launched by European Commission

    On July 12 2016 the European Commission adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, which will replace the earlier Safe Harbour principles. The purpose of this Privacy Shield framework is to guarantee a sufficient level of protection for European citizens' personal data transmitted between the EU and the US.

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    Plagiarism or just coincidence?

    Plagiarism or just coincidence?

    The British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is accused of copyright infringement. Songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard - who wrote the song 'Amazing' - claim that Sheeran's song 'Photograph' is similar to 'Amazing' (which is sang by Matt Cardle). According to the songwriters, it is abundantly clear that it was copied.


    The similarities would include the following:
    - identical tunes and an identical rhythm (mainly in the refrain);
    - identical lyrics; and:
    - a similar style.


    How would a Dutch judge assess such a case? Is there any similarity? Moreover, are the described elements copyright protected?