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Dark Horse copyright suit (Rapper Marcus Gray vs. Katy Perry)

Rapper Marcus Gray a/k/a Flame has won a $2.8 million copyright infringement suit against Katy Perry claiming her 2013 song Dark Horse, which held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s hot 100 chart for four weeks in 2014, infringed his 2009 song Joyful Noise. The basis for the suit is that Gray’s song was widely disseminated, a principle that is referred to as ‘access,’ on YouTube and Spotify.

The jury reached a unanimous decision and determined that 22.5% of the profits from Dark Horse were owed to Joyful Noise. The pop star, through her attorneys, plans to appeal the verdict. Her attorneys had argued that the portion in question was too brief to be protected by copyright and brings up the larger question of ‘access.’

George Harrison is another of several Pop stars who have been sued for copyright infringement. Harrison was found to have copied parts of an earlier song (My Sweet Lord infringed He’s So Fine by the Chiffons).

New Trend in Film Piracy: Movies that are ‘Defeminized’ and have ‘LGBT” scenes removed

A pirated version of the popular movie Avengers: Endgame recently appeared on illegal streaming sites that had feminist and gay scenes and dialogue removed. To cite a few: male heroes hugging, a key scene in which a male character is teaching his daughter to shoot a bow and arrow.

Since the work was pirated, the author’s identity is unknown. However, another ‘sanitized’ film that appeared a year ago was Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Approximately thirty percent of the movie’s content showing women making decisions, giving orders and fighting in battle was deleted. For example, scenes with Leia yelling at Poe were removed.

The anonymous Star Wars editor/censor left comments and called his work: “De-feminized fanedit” or “The Chauvinist Cut.” Viewers were outraged and blasted the ‘sanitized version’ in editorials and blog posts. Rightfully so. Besides the obvious reason, there was no story after so much of the original was deleted.

Was this the work of one person or part of a trend? And will more ‘sanitized’ pirate movie versions appear? Stay tuned. . .

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, now in its twentieth year, was held on June 6th by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) with a goal to sharing best practices and information among its network of national and regional IPR enforcement and protection organizations that cover more than fifty countries. Among GACG’s members are: the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) representing the United States; the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group; and France’s Union De Fabricants.

One member, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, marked the occasion by releasing a report:  “2019 Status Reports on IPR Infringement.”  The document estimates the international trade in fake products at 121 billion Euros a year [roughly $136 billion] with a loss of 468,000 jobs.

Through its Observatory and its international associates, EUIPO is now funding a specialized crime unit within the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) to help tackle the counterfeiting problem.


In a European union case ruling, McDonald’s Corp has lost its rights to the trademark “Big Mac” in favor of the Ireland-based fast-food chain Supermac’s.

Supermac said it had never had a product called “Big Mac,” suggesting McDonald’s had used the similarity of the two names to block the Irish chain’s expansion.

Supermac’s, revoked McDonald’s registration of the trademark, saying that the world’s largest fast-food chain had not proven genuine use of it over the five years prior to the case being lodged in 2017. The ruling allows other companies as well as McDonald’s to use the “Big Mac” name in the EU.

Supermac was founded by Pat McDonagh who earned the nickname Supermac as an Irish teenager in the late 1960s when he guided his school to a football victory over St. Gerald’s, a more fancied team. He opened the first Supermac in Ballinasloe, a town in county Galway, in 1978. The company now has 106 outlets across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Operation Pangea XI Targets Online Rogue Pharmacies

Operation Pangea is a yearly operation involving many countries and law enforcement agencies which cooperate in a one week operation targeting online rogue pharmacies.

From October 9-16, 116 countries combined forces to combat the problem of online rogue pharmacies in Operation Pangea XI. The results were staggering and include: 859 arrests and the seizure of 500 tons of illicit pharmaceuticals worth an estimated $14 million. The pharmaceuticals included: anti-inflammatory medication, painkillers, slimming pills and medicines for HIV, Parkinson’s, erectile dysfunction, anabolic steroids and diabetes.

More than 110,000 medical devices including syringes, contact lenses, hearing aids and surgical instruments were seized. Also seized were counterfeit medical devices included 737 expired cardiac surgery instruments smuggled into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) special agents initiated several criminal investigations and took down more than 450 domain names including, and In all, 3,671 web links were closed down including websites, social media pages and online marketplaces.

Victims of Fake Medicines Tell Their Stories

On January 31, Twenty-one members of the trade group, the Partnership for Safe Medicines, based in San Francisco, hosted congressional briefings to allow victims of fake medicines and their families to tell their stories in Washington.

Also speaking were retired law enforcement officers representing the DEA and the National Sheriffs’ Association who spoke of the dangers from counterfeit drugs in their jurisdictions and efforts to combat them. Javier Peña and Steve Murphy, retired DEA agents portrayed in the Netflix series NARCOS, spoke about their experiences with drug cartels, counterfeits and opioids on a panel with former Assistant United States Attorney Samuel J. Louis and former Canadian Border Patrol agent Don Bell.

Please visit the organization’s website: for more information.


In November, 2018 Chinese police seized more than a half million boxes of fake condums worth $7 million. The fakes were sold to hotels, supermarkets and vending machines and were sold in Henan and Hubei provinces. Packaged as Durex and Okamoto (a Japanese condom manufacturer), as well as Chinese brands Jissbon and SixSex, unsuspecting purchasers would have been easily duped by the fake branding

Condums are one of the most widely counterfeited products in China along with various fashion products and have become a nationwide black market.

To make counterfeit condums all that is required is unprocessed condoms, silicone oil and packaging. All three can be easily acquired. the production of condoms requires strict registration and production qualifications—but much depends on provincial food and drug administrations to authorize licenses.

Statistics from the National Health and Family Planning Commission show that tens of millions of counterfeit condoms go into the market via different channels.