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First off today, Aditya Tejas at the International Business Times reports that Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) claims to have leaked documents from the May 11 negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that show the United States and other nations are pushing for tough new copyright rules through the treaty.
The TPP is a trade deal being negotiated by a dozen nations located along then pacific rim including United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and more. The treaty looks to strengthen trading ties between the nations and covers a wide variety of topics, including intellectual property.
According to the leaked documents, the United States has fought to give authorities in other countries the ability to destroy equipment used in the act of copyright infringement and has also fought against patent reform that would allow abusive patents to be nullified. The leak also hints at provisions to harmonize copyright terms across the region to life of the author plus 70 years (several nations have shorter terms) and offer harsher penalties for copyright infringement. The documents also show a great deal of disagreement around key issues though officials say that they are confident an agreement can be reached soon.
Next up today, Tshepo Mokoena at The Guardian reports that street artist Joseph Tierney, better known as Rime, has filed a lawsuit against designer Jeremy Scott and Moschino, alleging that a dress they made for Katy Perry infringes a tag that Tierney painted on a Detroit building.
The dress was worn by Perry at the Met Ball, a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The black dress featured what looked like a graffiti design at the bottom, which Tierney claims is a rip off of his work.
Tierney said that, in addition to his copyright being violated, his reputation as a street artist has been harmed by the use of his work in such a “crass and commercial” event. The dress was also seen on model Gigi Hadid during Moschino’s autumn/winter 2015 fashion show, thus prompting Tierney to name Moschino as well.
Finally today, Paul Bibby and Patrick Begley at the Sydney Morning Herald report that, in Australia, Channel Nine’s The Hotplate will stay on the air after a judge has denied a request for an injunction by Channel Seven, which claims that the show is a rip off of their reality show My Kitchen Rules.
Channel Seven sued Channel Nine alleging copyright infringement, saying that the The Hotplate was based on their work and requested an injunction barring the show to continue. However, Channel Nine claimed that the lawsuit only came about because the show was successful and that the similarities between the shows are simply staples of the genre.
The judge, in turn, seemed to agree saying that Channel Seven “did not have a particularly strong case” and denied the injunction, letting Channel Nine continue airing the first season of The Hotplate as planned.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.