For those who fall outside of the 2.5 billion people across the world who are into gaming, League of Legends (LoL) is a team-based strategy game where two teams of ‘champions’ battle it out to destroy the other’s ‘base’. Released in 2009 by Riot Games, LoL has become the most-played PC game – and the biggest esport – in the world. Of its three annual international events, the pinnacle is the League’s World Championship…
Context to the decision Historically, the organisers of sporting events and the official distributors of live data from those events have had to rely largely on a combination of database rights, website terms and conditions and the enforcement of ticket terms and conditions against data scouts to protect the value of their data. The claim originally brought by The Racing Partnership (“TRP”) sought to protect the exclusivity and the value of its raceday data. TRP…
The inquiry will look at the impact of streaming services and their business models, and whether in their current form these are sustainable within the wider music industry. Streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play are said to account for over half the revenue of the global music industry, with £1 billion in revenue in the UK alone last year from 114 billion music streams.  However, the Committee cites that…
In Canada, the US and a number of other common-law countries, copyright owners who win infringement claims can elect to receive statutory damages, a pre-defined amount which applies per infringement; this avoids the need for a rightsholder to either prove the level of damage suffered, or analyse the extent to which the infringer profited from the infringement.  A reform of this kind has the potential to significantly alter the landscape for IP infringement claims in…
On the 10th September 2020, the EU Commission published its assessment on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation has been implemented. The Code is a self-regulatory initiative signed by Facebook, Google, Twitter, Mozilla, and members of the advertising industry in October 2018, with Microsoft and TikTok subscribing more recently. You can read more about the Code here. It sets out a wide range of commitments the signatories agree to, with the aim of…
Introduction Epic Games is a video game developer, software developer and publisher based in North Carolina that is most famous for being the games publisher of the hugely popular franchise Fortnite, as well as its Unreal Engine (a powerful game development tool used by a range of game developers and (increasingly) businesses in other industry sectors, such as movie studios). Fortnite is an online battle royale video game which is available to download for free…
 On 14 September, Jonty Warner, a Senior Associate in our IP Department, was interviewed about this story on the radio station talkSPORT, as part of the ‘Hawksbee and Jacobs’ show. Jonty discussed Pogba’s trade mark applications as well as other footballers’ efforts to protect their personal brands. You can listen to the clip here. The post Jonty Warner interviewed on talkSPORT radio station about Paul Pogba’s trade mark filings appeared first on mediawrites.law.…
What you need to know Australia’s States and Territories are taking steps to implement defamation law reforms. It is anticipated that the reforms will improve the ability of the media to report on matters of public interest, and lead to an overall reduction in defamation litigation in Australia. New South Wales is the first state to introduce the new laws, passing the Defamation Amendment Bill 2020 (NSW) on 6 August 2020 which will result in…
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on the already fast-growing esports industry. With traditional sports, non-endemic brands and a range of broadcasters becoming increasingly tuned in to the opportunities that esports presents, our international sports and esports team – together with Sean Zhang, CEO of pro team PSG Talon Esports – examine in a podcast a range of regulatory and commercial issues to consider when embarking on a new esports venture. We cover…
A trade promotion is an activity which includes an element of chance, or mixed skill and which is conducted for the purpose of promoting goods or services provided by a business. Examples of trade promotions includes promotions where entry is made with an entry form, with no skill required and the prize is drawn from a barrel, or promotions where the skill is not able to distinguish a winner (e.g. fill in the missing letters Bird &…