UK’s Advertising Standards Agency bands an YSL ad for featuring an underweight model

The ad, which appeared in Elle UK magazine, featured a black-and-white photo of a woman wearing a short black dress and high heels and lying on the floor with her eyes closed. But what’s concerning about the picture is that the model in fact looks unhealthily thin, as the ASA reported. Her rib cage is totally visible through her skin and her legs look extremely thin.

The model’s pose and the lighting enhanced its skinny figure. However, YSL argued that they did not agree with the complainant’s view that the model was unhealthily thin.

The ASA concluded that the ad was ‘irresponsible’. It also advised advertisers to ensure that the images in their ads were prepared responsibly. Continue reading

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a head scarf

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Samantha Elauf in an 8-1 vote for a suit against the Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store. The young woman sued for discrimination after being denied a sales job in 2008 at an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons.

The company argued that wearing the scarf violated its sales staff “look policy”.

After years of legal battles the Supreme Court has voted 8-1 in favor of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that sued the clothing company on Elauf’s behalf.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the sole dissenter, said that “mere application of a neutral policy” should not be viewed as discrimination.

The case is EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, U.S. Supreme Court, No.14-86.

 

 

References:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-muslim-woman-wins-hijab-case-against-abercrombie-fitch-over-its-look-policy-1503900

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/01/us-usa-court-scarf-idUSKBN0OH2NW20150601

 

Wedding Hairstyles

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Wedding season is around the corner, and so is the question “Hair up or down?”. Whether you’re getting married, or being the guest of honor at a wedding this year, in this post I want to share with you many incredible and unique hairstyles that will help you decide the perfect wedding look. Continue reading

EU Ruling Cancels Two of Louis Vuitton Registered Trademarks

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Louis Vuitton has lost a trademark case following the EU General Court’s cancellation of two Community trademarks registered by the company. The first registration covered the brand’s checkered pattern in a dark brown and beige colors, which it registered in 1998, and the second registration covered a black and grey version of the same pattern registered in 2008. Both marks were registered for leather goods and bags. Following a challenge by German retailer Nanu-Nana, both registrations have been cancelled. Continue reading

Casa Vicens: Gaudí’s Hidden Treasure Will Finally See The Light

It’s now official. Restoration works have started and its only a matter of months until one of Gaudí’s earlier and major works will open to the public for the first time.

Casa Vicens, built between 1883 and 1888, right after Gaudí earned his degree in architecture, is located in Calle Carolinas in the charming and attractive neighborhood of Gracia (Barcelona), where masterwork Parque Güell is. Also, Casa Vicens was declared UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2005, joining six other major works by Gaudí: Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell.

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Last year, an Andorran-based private equity fund bought Casa Vicens. According to Mercedes Mora, head of operations at Casa Vicens, the main goal of the project is to nourish the public with more Gaudí architecture while attracting investors.

The Wall Street Journal has all the details on this very interesting and challenging project in this article.

The Legal Battle Between Nivea And Dove Over Dark Blue On Their Product Packaging Reaches The German High Court In Karlsruhe

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Beiersdorf, the manufacturing company that owns Nivea, is appealing an October 2013 Federal Patent Court decision that granted Dove the legal right to continue to use the dark blue color on its packaging for soap and other personal care products. Continue reading

Go Gewel Or Go Home

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At 26 years old, this young and talented friend of mine, Gema Castellví, decided to make from her passion, her business. It was not more than half a year ago when she decided to start her jewelry and accessories company called “Gewel Boutique”. Today, she has more than 4.000 Instagram followers and her pieces sell like hotcakes.
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WIPO Launches An Initiative To Promote Participation Of Women In Intellectual Property

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Last Sunday the world was celebrating International Women’s Day, which commemorates women’s social, economic and political achievements worldwide.

In the field of intellectual property, and thanks to “Women in IP”, an initiative launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), nine inventive women in developing countries have been featured in WIPO’s public page for their creative inventions. Examples of those include software for teaching hearing-impaired students and a solar power-driven EcoStove to heat stones as a cooking element and also charge mobile phones.

“Women in IP” encourages women’s participation in WIPO’s already existing social media platform (eTISC) on technology and innovation. The aim of the initiative is to help creators exploit their innovative potential and manage and protect their intellectual property rights.

As a United Nations member specialized in Intellectual Property, WIPO has been promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment for a long time. Thanks to this initiative, all these women will increasingly gain worldwide recognition for their achievements.

Intellectual Property Watch has all the details on the initiative in this article.

 

 

Where Street Art Meets Copyright Law

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I was walking around Miami’s Wynwood Art District last week, which is the city’s ultimate spot for street art and whose building exteriors are covered with tons of large, colorful murals, and all that artistic expression inspired me to write this new post. In a previous post I discussed appropriation when one artist infringes another artist’s copyright in a painting or photograph, for instance. However, what happens when there is an appropriation in the context of street art. Particularly, can an artist sue for copyright infringement when it chooses street walls as a medium of artistic expression and someone else appropriates that art?

There is a growing number of cases involving copyright infringement and street art which implies that intellectual property protection goes beyond usual media, such as books, photographs or paintings on canvas. Particularly, last year street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue sued American Eagle Outfiters (AEO) for copyright infringement on his work, and the also street artists Jason Williams, Victor Chapa and Jeffrey Rubin sued fashion designer Roberto Cavalli for appropriation of their art.

In these two cases the works infringed had valid copyright protection because even though publicly displayed they were not in the public domain and free for the taking. Yet, defendants (AEO and Roberto Cavalli) decided to steal the artist’s works, and profited from them using them in their fashion advertising campaign and collections respectively, without any kind of authorization, credit or compensation to the artists.
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Gucci vs. Guess: four countries, four verdicts

This legal battle started in 2009, when Gucci filed a lawsuit in New York Federal Court (along with those filed in Italy, France and China) alleging that Guess and a number of Guess’ licensees had infringed or counterfeited four of its trademarks and one trade dress (listed and showed below). According to Gucci, the aim of Guess was to “Gucci-fy” their product line. They sought $124 million in damages. Continue reading