helenlt on April 20th, 2012
In the world of copyright, we are used to seeing lots of eye rolling and “You’re kidding, right?” when we explain some of the more….let’s be diplomatic and say “esoteric” provisions in the Copyright Act but even I was surprised at a court case involving of all things chocolate bunnies.
Lindt & Sprüngli have taken legal action against Austrian chocolate makers, Hauswirth, for plagiarizing the famous Lindt gold bunny. After many years, the Austrian Supreme Court has found in favour of Lindt. Although the case is more about infringing on Lindt & Sprungli’s trademark than on copyright, it’s still an amusing example of how intellectual property affects us all on a daily basis. You can read the full story and see pictures of both bunnies to judge for yourself in IP Kat’s blog.
Thanks to Ellen Broad of the Australian Digital Alliance for alerting me to this story. It’s certainly brighten up my Friday.