German School Sued Over Use of Copyrighted Photo

A school in Germany has been sued over using a copyrighted photo on their website. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the school, based in the western German state of Land North Rhein-Westphalia violated a photographer’s copyright. A student project containing the copyrighted image was published on the school’s website. A pupil at … Continue reading “German School Sued Over Use of Copyrighted Photo”

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German School Sued Over Use of Copyrighted Photo
Counterfeit Designer Goods Discovered in Stoke-on-Trent Salon

Counterfeit Designer Goods Discovered in Stoke-on-Trent Salon

A businesswoman in Stoke-on-Trent has been ordered to pay over £5000 after counterfeit designer goods were discovered in her tanning salon. Tracey Bell, 53, who runs Alsager Tanning Studio, has been granted three months to pay the fee by Cheshire East Council, or face three months in prison. It follows a successful raid by investigators … Continue reading “Counterfeit Designer Goods Discovered in Stoke-on-Trent Salon”

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Nando’s Force Chicken Shop To Change Name Following Copyright Dispute

Nando’s Force Chicken Shop To Change Name Following Copyright Dispute

A chicken shop in Reading, Berkshire has been forced to change its name following a copyright dispute with Nando’s. Fernando’s (now named Fernandez) received a copyright infringement letter in March 2018 – stating that the name and logo was too similar to that of the internationally acclaimed restaurant chain. The owner of Fernandez, Asam Aziz … Continue reading “Nando’s Force Chicken Shop To Change Name Following Copyright Dispute”

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95 Arrests Made in Europe Against Online Fraudsters

95 Arrests Made in Europe Against Online Fraudsters

95 arrests have been made across Europe against online fraudsters. This follows a joint law enforcement operation between 4 and 15 June 2018. The suspects arrested are believed to be responsible for more than 20,000 fraudulent transactions using compromised credit cards. These transactions are thought to total an estimated €8 million (£7 million). The operation … Continue reading “95 Arrests Made in Europe Against Online Fraudsters”

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Changes To WHOIS Data. What Can You Access?

Changes To WHOIS Data. What Can You Access?

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on 25 May 2018. But how does the GDPR affect WHOIS data? WHOIS data is now mostly confidential. If you need to access non-public data, you will now need to make a direct request to the registrar of the website – outlining why you require the … Continue reading “Changes To WHOIS Data. What Can You Access?”

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Thousands of Counterfeit Prosecco Bottles Seized in Coventry

Thousands of Counterfeit Prosecco Bottles Seized in Coventry

Thousands of bottles of counterfeit prosecco have been seized in Coventry. The Food Standards Agency obtained a shipment of bottles of sparkling wine that had been incorrectly labelled as Prosecco. The bottles appeared to have originated from Moldova. They had been classified as though it had been sourced from Italy. The Italian region around Venice and Trieste … Continue reading “Thousands of Counterfeit Prosecco Bottles Seized in Coventry”

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World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2018 To Take Place On 6 June

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2018 To Take Place On 6 June

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2018 is to take place on Wednesday 6 June. The annual campaign is now in its 20th year. It was established by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Network (GACG). The GACG is an international network of national and regional IP protection and enforcement organisations. There are currently 21 Members, covering more than 40 countries. … Continue reading “World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2018 To Take Place On 6 June”

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Scams Awareness Month 2018 To Take Place In June

Scams Awareness Month 2018 To Take Place In June

This year’s Scams Awareness Month is to take place in June. Scams Awareness Month is an annual campaign which aims to alert the public of the crimes that affect millions of people. This year’s campaign aspires to encourage people to report scams, and de-stigmatise being scammed. The proposed theme is “Don’t Miss A Trick, Be … Continue reading “Scams Awareness Month 2018 To Take Place In June”

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Police Scotland Launch “Scam You!” Campaign

Police Scotland Launch “Scam You!” Campaign

Police Scotland have launched a campaign warning shoppers of the hidden dangers online. The game show, Scam You!, is an initiative to help consumers carry out due diligence when online shopping. This comes after consumers’ details were used to set up websites selling counterfeit goods. An investigation by a major brand identified 2700 websites using … Continue reading “Police Scotland Launch “Scam You!” Campaign”

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“How-To” Counterfeit Makeup Videos Found on Chinese Apps

“How-To” Counterfeit Makeup Videos Found on Chinese Apps

Making counterfeit goods has become a new form of entertainment in China. Users of the popular short video app Douyin are taking to the platform to show how counterfeit cosmetics are made. Videos include a vlogger showing other users how to make lipsticks, lip glosses and foundations within minutes.

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