IP In The News – 12 November 2015


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Summary: Our regular update on developments in the world of IP, this week featuring an ECJ ruling on maps and database rights and a follow-up on the Warner/Chappell Music case.

Maps and database rights

The ECJ has ruled that a map can constitute a database such that copying information contained in a map can infringe the database right. The definition of database is therefore to be given a wide meaning.

Music and copyright

Following our report last month in September that a US Court held that Warner/Chappell Music did not own the copyright in the lyrics to “Happy Birthday”, it now appears that a charity founded by one of the songwriters is claiming to own that copyright on the basis that the purported assignment of those rights to Warner/Chappell Music was found by the Court not to have happened.

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