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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Fab four film remains ‘subject to contract’ – Technology Law Update

Posted July 13th, 2015 in appeals, artistic works, contracts, copyright, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘In commercial negotiations you may have used the words “subject to contract” or something similar. But what does this actually mean?’

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Technology Law Update, 9th July 2015

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Of Megabytes and Men: the private use exception under the judicial lens and lessons for state aid claims – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in copyright, EC law, judicial review, news, proportionality, state aids by tracey

‘On 19 June 2015, the High Court allowed a claim for judicial review against the decision to introduce a narrow “private copying” exception to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (the “CDPA 1988”). The decision is of interest to EU and competition lawyers for two reasons: (1) its examination of the standard of review in public law cases with an EU law dimension and also (2) its analysis of the state aid issues which were raised.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 2nd July 2015

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Do you copy? UK’s new format-shifting exception found illegal – Technology Law Update

Posted June 30th, 2015 in artistic works, compensation, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

‘You buy a CD and makes a copy for use on a portable device, or for storage in a cloud service. That’s allowed isn’t it? Well, it wasn’t strictly legal in the UK until October 2014. That was when the UK introduced a new exception from copyright infringement for personal copies for an individual’s private use. Now the new exception has been found illegal in court and hangs in the balance while the courts and the UK government decide what happens next.’

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Technology Law Update, 26th June 2015

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UK private copyright exception ‘unlawful’, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in compensation, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news, proportionality by tracey

‘The UK’s private copying regime is “unlawful”, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2015

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Copyright: Minder Records and Another v Sharples – NIPC Law

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘S.10 (1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 defines a work of joint authorship as “a work produced by the collaboration of two or more authors in which the contribution of each author is not distinct from that of the other author or authors.” However, it was held by Hazel Williamson QC sitting as a judge of the High Court in Bamgboye v Reed [2002] EWHC 2922 (QB), [2002] EWHC 2922, [2004] EMLR 5 and implied by the Court of Appeal in Brooker and Another v Fischer [2008] Bus LR 1123, [2008] FSR 26, [2008] EWCA Civ 287, [2008] EMLR 13 that joint ownership is not necessarily the same as equal ownership.’

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NIPC Law, 16th June 2015

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Copying material for private use: is it legal? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘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). An exception to copyright infringement for private use has failed to survive a challenge in the High Court. But this may not be the end of the story.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 0215

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Dispelling myths about EU law – OUP Blog

Posted June 17th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘What are the most common myths surrounding the laws of the European Union? We asked two experts, Phil Syrpis and Catherine Seville, to describe and combat some misconceptions. From the Maastricht Treaty to intellectual property law, here are some of the topics they addressed.’

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OUP Blog, 17th June 2015

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Fall lyrics ‘hard to hear’, says judge in copyright case – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘A judge ruling on a copyright dispute about rock band the Fall’s lyrics has admitted that the words were “hard to hear” due to frontman Mark E Smith’s vocal style.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2015

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Senior judge says the UK needs a new Copyright Act – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 30th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, internet, judges, legislation, news, speeches by sally

‘The UK government should create a new Copyright Act to address changes in technology, developments internationally and in the EU and a range of problems and issues that have arisen with existing UK copyright laws since they were introduced in 1988, a senior judge has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th April 2015

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