Dr Ewan Kirk

Dr Ewan Kirk

About Dr Ewan Kirk

Senior Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University
1910, 2016

Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

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by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

The discussion over musicians writing songs that infringe on previous songs from other artists has been topical over the past few years. There has been high-profile litigation over the issue in the US, firstly between Pharrell Williams and the family of […]

1103, 2015

The Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Copyright Infringement

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By Dr. Ewan Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law

On Tuesday, the District Court of Southern California ruled that the Robin Thicke song Blurred Lines was in fact an infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. The case raises some important issues about the distinction between inspiration from previous artists and infringement […]

1211, 2014

Right to Free Movement Re-Focusses on Economic Activity

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An important ruling from the Court of Justice of the EU has today clarified the extent of the right of free movement for citizens of EU countries. In a case involving a Romanian citizen claiming non-contributory benefits while living in Leipzig, Germany, the Court ruled that Germany was justified in withholding those benefits from a […]

2205, 2014

Resurrecting old copyright infringement claims

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Dr Ewan Kirk, Senior Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University

News reports this week revealed that rock band Led Zeppelin face a copyright row over the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

The claim is on behalf of Randy California, the deceased former guitarist for the band Spirit. The claim is that Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is […]