Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in complaints, copyright, defamation, fraud, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

‘Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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UK plans full throttle on driverless cars and broadband reform – Technology Law Update

‘Amongst the political noise of the Brexit campaign, the UK’s legislative plans set out in the Queen’s speech yesterday received less attention than usual. But there were some important points to note for the technology sector.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th May 2016

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UK government to provide guidance on obtaining website blocking orders in copyright cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government will help rights holders to clamp down on online copyright infringement by explaining what evidence they will need to build up to win website blocking orders before the courts, according to new plans it has set out.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th May 2016

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England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd and another v Tixdaq Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted April 13th, 2016 in copyright, damages, EC law, intellectual property, internet, law reports, sport by sally

England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd and another v Tixdaq Ltd and another [2016] EWHC 575 (Ch)

‘The claimants owned the copyrights in television broadcasts, and in films incorporated within such broadcasts, of most cricket matches played by the English cricket teams in England and Wales. The defendants operated a website and various mobile applications (“Apps”) which used screen capture technology to copy clips of broadcast footage of sporting events and uploaded those clips to the Apps. The defendants’ uploaded a considerable number of clips of broadcasts of cricket matches, lasting up to eight seconds, to the Apps where they could be viewed by users. Users could also upload clips, together with commentary, on to the website and the defendants’ social media accounts. The claimants brought a claim for damages, alleging uploading the clips prima facie constituted breaches of sections 16, 17 and/or 20 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. The 1988 Act did not require either broadcasts or films to be original in order for copyright to subsist in them. An issue arose as to the applicable test for substantiality in circumstances where there was no intellectual creation. The question went to both infringement, which required an act such as reproduction or communication to the public of the whole, or any “substantial part” of a work, and also to the applicability of the fair dealing defence in section 30(2) of the 1988 Act, on which the defendants relied.’

WLR Daily, 18th April 2016

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Linking to copyright infringing material should not constitute copyright infringement itself, says EU court advisor – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 8th, 2016 in copyright, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘The act of posting a link to a website that features “freely accessible” copyright infringing content should not itself be classed as an act of copyright infringement, an advisor to the EU’s highest court has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th April 2016

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Clips-sharing website loses copyright fixture – Technology Law Update

Posted April 5th, 2016 in copyright, internet, media, news, sport by sally

‘A website and apps set up to enable the sharing of 8-second clips of broadcast cricket matches on a near-live basis has been found to infringe copyright.’

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Technology Law Update, 4th April 2016

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Sports clip App infringes copyright – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 31st, 2016 in copyright, internet, media, news, sport, telecommunications by sally

‘The recent decision of Arnold J. in (1) England & Wales Cricket Board Ltd, (2) Sky UK Ltd v (1) Tixdaq Ltd, (2) Fanatix Ltd [2016] EWHC 575 (Ch) is important not only for sports rights holders and broadcasters, but for all those involved and interested in the limits of copyright protection law in a fast moving world where developments in information technology constantly challenge the way we communicate and consume.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 31st March 2016

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It is illegal to screenshot and share Snapchat snaps without permission, Government minister says – The Independent

Posted March 29th, 2016 in consent, copyright, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘It is illegal to screenshot Snapchat picture messages and pass them to others on without consent, the Government’s culture minister has said.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2016

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Why the UK replica furniture market is about to be hit by new copyright laws – The Independent

Posted February 16th, 2016 in copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘Are you sitting comfortably? Then lucky you. By the end of October – after a six-month “amnesty” for retailers – that luxury will cost you more, maybe 12 times more, than now. And it’s all thanks to the bloody European Union. ‘

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The Independent, 15th February 2016

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UK to push ahead with reforms to rules on unjustified threats on intellectual property rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 1st, 2016 in consultations, copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by tracey

‘The UK government is to legislate to bring greater consistency to laws concerning the communications intellectual property (IP) rights holders send to alleged infringers of their rights.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2016

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Man behind Birdie Song wins court battle over West End show tunes – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 27th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, news, theatre by sally

‘Henry Hadaway could be awarded more than £300,000 after High Court ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

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UK government scraps plans to legalise private copying – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 19th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘The UK government has scrapped plans to legalise private copying in the UK, Out-Law.com has learned..’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th November 2015

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Even a Single Page Missing … – Zenith PI Blog

Posted November 16th, 2015 in case management, copyright, evidence, judgments, news by sally

‘A ruthless and salient reminder in procedure – make sure every page is in the bundle before the trial!’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th November 2015

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Unhappy returns of the day for copyright claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 24th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, evidence, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A California judge’s ruling that Warner/Chappell can no longer collect royalties for Happy Birthday may not apply in England, says IP expert.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2015

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Selfie-snapping monkey in US lawsuit against British photographer – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in animals, copyright, news, photography by sally

‘US activists suing on behalf of Naruto argue the six-year-old macaque owns photos he snapped on David Slater’s camera.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2015

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Damages for infringing Copyright in Photographs – Absolute Lofts v Artisan Home Improvements – NIPC Law

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in copyright, damages, intellectual property, news, photography by sally

‘Judge Hacon’s decision in Absolute Lofts South West London Ltd v Artisan Home Improvements Ltd and Another [2015] EWHC 2608 (IPEC) (14 Sept 2015) is an interesting authority on how to assess damages for infringement of the copyrights subsisting in photographs. In this case His Honour considered the principles for assessing both compensatory and additional damages.’

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NIPC Law, 22nd September 2015

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Court refuses bid to reconsider ruling because of missing page in bundle – Litigation Futures

Posted September 18th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, copyright, damages, evidence, judgments, news by tracey

‘A party that accidentally omitted an important page from its trial bundle has failed in its attempt to persuade the judge to reconsider his ruling. The claimant in Absolute Lofts as West London Ltd v Artisan Home Improvements Ltd & Anor (No2) [2015] EWHC 2632 (IPEC) made the application the day after His Honour Judge Hacon handed down his decision.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th September 2015

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Judicial Review of the Copyright Exceptions: British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and Others v Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills – NIPC Law

Posted July 24th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, judicial review, news by sally

‘On 16 July 2015 my heads of chambers, Tim Straker QC and Robert Griffiths QC together with my colleagues, Richard Clayton QC, Charles Morgan, Christopher Forsyth and Lee Parkhill presented our chambers annual judicial review conference. By all accounts it was a great success.’

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NIPC Law, 20th July 2015

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Copying for private use: to be quashed with prospective or retrospective effect? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 21st, 2015 in consultations, copyright, human rights, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and another [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin) – read original judgment and [2015] EWHC 2041 (Admin), 17 July 2015. On 19 June 2015, Green J ruled that an exception to copyright infringement for private use was unlawful, at common law, because of flaws in the consultation process which had preceded its enactment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th July 2015

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Online pirates could face 10 years in jail – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2015 in artistic works, consultations, copyright, internet, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Online pirates could face jail terms of up to 10 years under plans being considered by the government.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2015

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