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Sunday, 28 November 2004

LATEST EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT REPORTS

Issue 6 (2004) of Sweet & Maxwell's bimonthly series the European Copyright and Design Reports has now been published. This issue contains a number of cases made available in English for the first time:

* Key Ring Designs (Bundesgerichtshof, Germany): a ruling that, while reproductions of currency -- in this case 20-Euro notes -- could not be registered as trade marks, there was no bar to their protection when incorporated into a registered design;

* Adobe Systems and others v A Software Distributor (Supreme Court, Finland): this case considers the doctrine of exhaustion of rights as it applies to computer software;

* Cadys Sosnowski v Courtoux and others (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris): considers whether a director made a creative cnotribution to the production of a series of recordings of TV programmes;

* Hellenic Society for the Protection of Copyright v Macman (Court of Arios Pagos, Greece): can the author of the words of a song sue for infringement of copyright when all that has been used without authorisation is the tune?

If you know of any interesting recent copyright cases that you'd like to see included in the ECDR, let the IPKat know.

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