Consumers caught out as EU furnishes the UK with crippling copyright laws – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in copyright, EC law, news by sally

‘The replica designer furniture market has become a huge industry, but a rushed change to the law has plunged it into chaos.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Great British Bake Off an example of the legal challenges in protecting TV formats, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 11th, 2016 in copyright, intellectual property, media, news, trade marks by sally

‘The recent sale of rights to broadcast The Great British Bake Off has highlighted the legal challenges facing broadcasters keen to protect their rights and interests in TV formats.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

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A provider of free Wi-Fi can be ordered to impose controls to stop copyright infringement – Technology Law Update

Posted October 10th, 2016 in copyright, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘A case brought by Sony Music over illegal music downloads using a free WiFi service has led to a surprisingly restrictive conclusion from the EU court. The court ruled that a Berlin business-owner Tobias McFadden, who provided an unprotected free Wi-Fi network to the public,

– is not responsible for copyright infringement by a user of the WiFi, but
– can be required to take steps to control misuse of the service and ordered to pay associated costs.’

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Technology Law Update, 7th October 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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The dark art of copyright: trademark battles from Specsavers to Facebook – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by sally

‘Swimmer Ryan Lochte probably isn’t bothering anyone by trademarking ‘Jeah’, his bizarre victory scream – but can Specsavers really patent ‘should’ve’, or can Facebook own ‘face’ and ‘book’? The world of trademark law is murky indeed.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2016

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Monkey selfie: Animal charity Peta challenges ruling – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2016 in animals, charities, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘An animal charity has appealed against a court decision which ruled a monkey could not own the copyright to a selfie photograph it took.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2016

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Do you need to review your use of images after repeal of s.52? – Technology Law Update

Posted August 12th, 2016 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘The UK has recently repealed a fairly obscure bit of copyright law – should you be worried?’

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Technology Law Update, 10th August 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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A (brief) update on how the UK will deal with IP rights after Brexit – Technology Law Update

Posted August 8th, 2016 in copyright, EC law, enforcement, news, patents, referendums, trade marks by sally

‘The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has issued a briefing on the future for IP rights after Brexit. This gives IP owners some crumbs of comfort to innovative businesses, but little detail.’

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Technology Law Update, 5th August 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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The UK is leaving – what will it mean for technology and life science businesses? – Technology Law Blog

‘After yesterday’s leave vote, the UK government will need to start the process of disentangling the country from the EU. Formal steps to trigger withdrawal under Article 50 of the EU Treaty are currently expected to await Prime Minister David Cameron’s replacement in the coming months, although informal negotiations may begin sooner. What will be the legal impact for innovative businesses?’

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Technology Law Blog, 24th June 2016

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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

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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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

Source: www.out-law.com

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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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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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

Source: www.sportslawbulletin.org

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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

Source: www.out-law.com

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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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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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

Source: www.outlaw.com

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