s.u.n. trade mark row sets festival against festival in Hungary
Live Events , Trade Mark / September 2014

TRADE MARK Live events sector   News has reached Music Law Updates of what seems to be a name spat between the s.u.n psy-trance festival in Hungary, and an entity which appears to have captured their name – after lawyers in Hungary and Cyprus secured a trade mark for the mark s.u.n festival last year. The Hungarian s.u.n festival points out that the registration was filed just a week after their first edition in August 2013 and is in the name of Stapia Limited of Arch. Makariou III, 95 Charitini Court, 1st floor, Office 102, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1071, and for classes 35, 38 and 41. However, they are suspicious that another Hungarian psy-trance festival may be behind the move. The registration (registered on the 13th December 2013) had an important consequence – lawyers acting for the trade mark owner forced the shutdown of the Hungarian s.u.n. festival’s Facebook page with the organisers saying “and the admins were also personally banned from their fb activity. It happened without any prior notice, although the ‘likes’ were over 100.000(!). There was only a short message saying that a copyright violation issue had been going on with us, and they provided a name and…

Hungary raps rude radio amid growing media storm
Censorship / February 2011

CENSORSHIP Broadcasting Hungary’s new media authority has launched proceedings against a local radio station in Hungary that dared to play two songs filled with obscenities during daytime hours. The Authority launched an investigation last week after local broadcaster Tilos played Ice-T’s “Warning” and “It’s On” on a September afternoon, outside the allowed late-night time slot, when in all events a vulgar language warning would have been needed to have precede the tracks. The Authority said that the obscenities in Ice-T’s songs could have an adverse impact on the moral development of listeners under the age of 16 although the radio station responded that children under 16 rarely have the command of English to be able to understand what the songs were about. In Hungary, still relatively few possess advanced foreign language skills. Tilos Radio, whose name means “forbidden” has played songs with obscene lyrics in the past and was fined both in 2003 and 2005. The Ice-T scandal comes when Hungary is exposed to mounting criticism both at home and from the international community for the new and controversial media law that came into effect the same day the country assumed the European Union’s rotating presidency for the next six…

MTV v MTV – TV stations fight for same name in Hungary
Trade Mark / December 2007

TRADE MARK Television Variety reports that youth favourite MTV is facing legal action from national broadcaster MTV – with the latter’s long established name standing for Magyar Televizio. Magyar has survived the Soviet occupation and an insurrection of rioters but has been forced to issue legal proceedings to stop Viacom’s MTV from using the acronym in Hungary where Magyar Televizio’s MTV has been a weighty brand in Hungary for the past 50 years. The 1956, revolution began outside the offices of Magyar Radio, which spawned Magyar Televizio a year later. Pitched battles between Hungarian freedom fighters and Red Army soldiers took place at Szabadsag Square ( Freedom Square), where the broadcaster is now housed. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117974818.html?categoryId=2523&cs=1 An interesting parallel with the ‘East meets West’ battle of trade marks is Anheuser -Busch’s fight to establish the Budweiser trademark in the face of strong opposition from the Czech Brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP who produce Budweiser Budvar lager. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/09/business/EU_FIN_Czech_Portugal_Budvar.php http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2004/11/trips-rules-ok-says-ecj-in-latest-bud.html http://www.billingsgazette.com/newdex.php?display=rednews/2004/01/16/build/business/35-bud.inc

New Hungarian copyright model is food for thought

COPYRIGHT Internet, record labels, music publishing Hungary’s National Association for Consumer Protection (NACPH), a not for profit, politically independent non governmental organization (NGO) in Hungary has published an agreement with Hungary’s Socoiety Artisjus Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors’ Rights (ARTISJUS) the Hungarian association of composers, lyricists and music publishers. As P2PNet report “it’s refreshing to come across an agreement between artists and music lovers in which strenuous efforts appear to have been made by both sides to be fair and reasonable”. Amongst other things, the accord states that “ If commercial exploiters of music restrict the playing or use of musical recordings via technological measures, it should only take place by means accepted by consumers as well. This is the only way to communicate music to the widest possible public which is a primary interest of authors and that “consumers are to be protected when they copy music for their private needs, even if they use an illegal source in good faith. Private copying is fair and not contrary to the general requirements of copyright exceptions as long as it does not exceed the extent needed for one’s own enjoyment of works and that of the family or close friends,…