Often in films we see characters wearing, eating, drinking and driving branded or recognisable products.
Think Michael J. Fox running around in Nike trainers and guzzling down Pepsi in the Back to the Future trilogy or Tom Cruise and his navy colleagues donning Ray Ban Aviators in Top Gun. While films in the 80’s were especially infamous for blatant product placement, today’s product placement tends (in most cases!) to be more subtle.
As a member of a band, it is often easy to think of yourself as being part of one entity, and not a group of individuals performing together.
However the strict position at law can lead to some important practical considerations to be aware of.
Candy Crush game developer King.com recently filed a lawsuit against mobile developer 6Waves for allegedly cloning two of its leading games.
The lawsuit once again emphasises the importance of ensuring that you own and control all the materials that are incorporated into your video game or app.
We all love the stories of the musicians or the app developers who have shot from creating on a shoestring in their bedrooms or the family garage to international fame and fortune.
This raises the important issue however, of at what point you start to plan for your worldwide domination. If what you do is truly just a passion and a hobby then some of the below issues, although still important may not be as necessarily pressing.
Marvel and Netflix announced that Marvel will bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to Netflix followed by a mini-series beginning in 2015.
The notices demand that these sites either obtain licences or remove the copyrighted lyrics from their sites.
Last year the Beastie Boys filed a copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink for using the group’s songs that were remixed by DJ Z-Trip in a promotional video without the group’s consent.
Monster Energy claimed that they relied on DJ Z-Trip’s false assertion that he had authority to use the songs in the remix and that he granted Monster Energy permission to publish the songs when he responded “dope” in an email.