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Friday 4 October 2013

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Crowdfunding – a passing phase or here to stay?

Introduction

Crowdfunding has become increasingly popular in the UK over the last 12 months, particularly within the creative industries. There is a wide range of crowdfunding models available, but the speed at which these models have developed raises a number of concerns with regards to the intellectual property owned or controlled by those seeking funds.

 

gTLDs and Trade Mark Infringement

 The Internet is undergoing a major change this year, following the acceptance by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) of many new applications for generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”). In addition to the domain names that we have become used to such as .com .net and .co.uk, domain names will now include generic words, geographical locations and brands, such as .shoes .london and .google.

 

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