Intellectual property interlude

And now, a short interlude, featuring two tales of alleged intellectual property theft.

In yesterday’s Globes, there is this:

A NIS 900,000 lawsuit for copyright violation was filed against the “Haaretz” group at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court. The claim involves a paparazzi photo of model Bar Refaeli. The suit was filed by US photography company Mavrix Photo, which two years ago photographed Refaeli on her vacation with her husband in Greece, and which guaranteed the “Daily Mail” British daily exclusivity for the photos. According to the lawsuit, the photos appeared on the “Haaretz” group’s website. The lawsuit was filed through Advocates Cobi Marcus and Alon Peled.

I find it difficult to believe that such a principled organization as Haaretz would tolerate any form of intellectual property theft. It must be a terrible mistake, or a breakdown in communication. Oh dear.

OK. Having taken my tongue out of my cheek, I will move on to the report from April, also in Globes, about another encounter Bar Rafaeli has had with intellectual property:

Bar Refaeli has posted pictures of herself on Facebook and Instagram wearing a bikini and saying “Now in the stores swimwear collection with my design.” However, one of the first comments on the Facebook post came from a sharp eyed reader who ridiculed Refaeli by posting a picture of an almost identical swimsuit on sale on eBay for $11 including shipping and making no mention of Refaeli’s collection.

The bikini exhibited by Refaeli is part of a new collection for this summer’s season called “Bar for Hoodies.” The campaign for the swimwear will be officially launched next week and the bikini in question will sell for NIS 135 ($36) – more than triple the price of its eBay clone.

Funny stuff.

Poor Bar Rafaeli doesn’t have to go far to find trouble at this time. The poor girl, often lambasted for dodging military service, is also the subject of a current tax investigation¬†for alleged tax invasion.

Truly, that’s life in the fast lane.

In other Holocaust News

“A tasteless attempt to recruit Holocaust victim Anne Frank to the case of weakening European copyright protection has backfired on the EU’s only Pirate Party MP, Julia Reda.”

It’s a tale that makes me scratch my head in befuddlement; how could people be so crass, insensitive, and irresponsible? But enough about Ken Livingstone. For the run down on Julia Reda’s daft stunt, check out Andrew Orloski‘s report at the Register, here.

Get those tables out of line!

If you have a shop, be careful you don’t line your tables up. You might be getting a letter (or a writ) from Apple’s lawyers.

From the Register:

We’re not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Rectangular tables protected, no word on rounded corners

The US Patent and Trademark office last week granted Apple’s application to trademark a retail store featuring computers. It is the “distinctive design and layout” that Apple now holds the unique design rights to, thanks to US Trademark 85036990. The application to exclusively own this particular store arrangement – specifically “rectangular tables arranged in a line” – was filed in December 2010 and granted on 22 January 2013.

A line drawing and a photo detailing the “distinctive layout” are included in the submitted paperwork:


Apple hasn’t trademarked having a floor, walls or lights, but details of the storefront, the shelves, the arrangement of the tables and the position of the products are now the iPhone maker’s intellectual property.

Read the whole thing here. And then tell me the world has not gone mad.