Legal Trivia Quiz #49

Rounding out our foray into law and show business, this time we return to cases where celebrities have been before the courts, this time outside of Hong Kong.

1. Panayiotou v Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd, was a claim by which singer against his record company?

A. George Michael

B. George O’Dowd

C. George Clooney

D. George Harrison

2. “Th​e parties are advised to chill” are the almost final words of the judge in a lawsuit involving:

A. A claim that parts of the movie Wayne’s World had been copied

B. The rights to a movie based on the song Hotel California

C. The use of the name “Barbie” in a song title and lyrics

D. The use of the name “Iceman” in Top Gun

3. Peter Smith J included a secret coded message in a judgment relating to which book?

A. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

B. Spycatcher

C. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

D. The Da Vinci Code

4. Lady Gaga sued in the English courts to stop the release of a parody video which featured which character?

A. Lady Goo Goo

B. Daddy Gaga

C. Lady Gogo

D. Sir Gaga

5. Which well known singer sued for passing off to prevent Topshop from using her photo on T-shirts?

A. Madonna

B. Rihanna

C. Katy Perry

D. Katy Perry

6. The iconic song by Australian band Men at Work, Land Down Under, was found to infringe (in part) the copyright of which equally iconic Australian work?

A. Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree

B. The Man from Snowy River

C. Waltzing Matilda

D. Advance Australia Fair

7. British singing icon, Cliff Richard very recently won a case against the BBC for GBP210,000 in general damages for what cause of action?

A. Defamation

B. Breach of privacy rights

C. Breach of contract

D. Personal injury

8 Yao Ming, China’s basketball superstar, sued which company in China in 2003 alleging misuse of his image rights?

A. Pepsi

B. Coca- Cola

C. Anheuser Busch


9. Lisa Kudrow’s former manager sued her for 10% of the residuals she earned from Friends (and some other projects). What damages was he awarded:

A. US$200,000

B. US$1.6 million

C. US$1.7 million

D. US$16 million

10 The United Kingdom Supreme Court made a landmark decision in a 2016 right to privacy case involving an English superstar. The superstar was known by what initials in the judgment?





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AnswerstoLegalTrivia Quiz#48


1. D. Meghan Markle, starred in Suits.

2. C. The fictional law firm in Law Dis-order is Donald & Co.

3. A. LA Law was the very popular 1980s TV show set in the firm McKenzie Brackman.

4. C. Tom Cruise starred in A Few Good Men.

5. C. Lt. Kafee (Cruise): “Did you order the Code Red?!”/Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson): “You’re god damn right I did!”

6. A. The Hong Kong movie Long Arm of the Law is about Mainland criminals coming to HK to commit crimes.

7. B. The hit 2017 Mainland anti-corruption TV show is called In the Name of the People

8. B. Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary is a barrister.

9. D. The Paper Chase was set at Harvard Law School.

10. A. The star of I Confess (a film noir well worth watching) is a priest and cannot reveal the truth of what was told him in confession.




Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice