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Adams & Adams

One work to rule them all?

Battle lines have recently been drawn, after fan fiction writer, Demetrious Polychron, filed a 250-million-dollar lawsuit against the Tolkien Estate and Amazon on the basis of copyright infringement. Mr Polychron claims that his novel The Fellowsip of the King, which draw..

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Webber Wentzel

South Africa's Potential Copyright Calamity

South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers Protection Amendment Bill could potentially harm rather than help the creative industry and needs serious reconsideration.

Copyright serves two broad functions in society. It reassures business and investors th..

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Goldsmiths Solicitors

Trademarks in Nigeria: Registration, Infringement and Enforcement

A Trademark is a unique sign or mark that distinguishes the goods and services of one business from another. A mark can either be a device, brand, heading, label, ticket, name, signature, word, letter, numeral, or any combination thereof. Most businesses, companies or org..

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Tanzania: Civil Case No. 7 Of 2019 Ivanna Felix Teri (Plaintiff) Vs. Viettel Tanzania Plc. (Defendant) and Set Up Company Ltd. (3rd Party)

On the 7th of March 2022, the High Court considered the principle of the right to privacy and dignity. In the suit, the Plaintiff claimed a sum of Tshs 800,000,000 as damages for unlawfully using her pictures in marketing and promoting the Defendant's business witho..

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Olaniwun Ajayi

9 Nuggets from the New Copyright Act

On the 17th of March 2023, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria signed the copyright bill into law, as projected in our 2022 IP Wrap-up and 2023 Forward publication. This assent marks the end of the 35-year-old tenure of the old Copyright Act and signals..

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Jackson, Etti & Edu

Nigeria’s Copyright Bill Signed into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Copyright Bill, which is geared towards protecting the rights of authors of original works. This development in Nigeria’s creative industry would ensure that authors receive the proper recognition and financial reward for..

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Spoor & Fisher

Zambia: Well-known marks and similar goods

Zambian trade mark law is being modernised and draft new legislation has been published. This is long overdue – the present legislation, the Trade Marks Act Chapter 401 (the TMA), dates all the way back to 1958. But for now the TMA continues to apply.

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ABC Attorneys

Trademark protection in Tanzania

A Trade or Service Mark is a distinctive sign; be it a name, signature, drawing or anything, which is used to distinguish similar goods or Services of various manufacturers or of such services providers. Trade or Service Marks besides serving the owner or Services p..

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Webber Wentzel

January 2023 deadline to register Intellectual Property Rights with the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Authority looms

Businesses that export goods to Kenya, have until 1 January 2023 to register their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) with the ACA. Failure to register will result in goods being stopped at the border as well as criminal and civil liability.

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