High Court slashes Google trial budget but says it’s too late for costs capping – Litigation Futures

Posted November 18th, 2014 in budgets, costs, internet, news, trials by sally

‘The High Court has refused to make a costs-capping order in a case against Google because the case was so close to trial and so much had already been spent at a level which made detailed assessment inevitable.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th November 2014

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Bring Your Own Device – Managing The Risks – Littleton Chambers

‘On 6 October 2014, the Government published new guidance on BYOD (‘Bring Your Own Device’) which highlights the fact that allowing employees to use their own technology at work is not just a technical issue that needs to be grappled with by IT departments, but has wide-ranging implications for employers.’

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Littleton Chambers, 13th November 2014

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Keyword confusion – Interflora v Marks & Spencer sent for retrial – Technology Law Update

Posted November 17th, 2014 in advertising, appeals, injunctions, internet, news, statistics, trade marks by sally

‘Online retailing is growing fast. Research suggests that it makes up over 12% of UK retail sales, with the US and Germany close behind. Many of the advertising and promotional techniques used in e-commerce are necessarily different from those deployed in more traditional sales methods. One of the techniques currently popular is the use of keyword advertising such as Google’s AdWords.’

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Technology Law Update, 12th November 2014

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‘Wholly antiquated’: lord chief justice on court technology – LegalVoice

‘Our “antiquated” courts faced “severe crisis” without significant investment, the lord chief justice said yesterday. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd offered journalists a judicial perspective on the financial pressures being imposed upon the courts at his annual press conference.’

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LegalVoice, 13th November 2014

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Jailed Twitter troll speaks of regret – BBC News

‘Internet trolling has become a growing problem in recent years, but is enough being done to teach children about online abuse?’

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BBC News, 17th November 2014

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Paedophile hunters: the vigilantes taking the law into their own hands – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2014 in children, internet, news, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences, young persons by tracey

‘The pair of underage girls groomed for sex by a 50-year-old paedophile, Peter Mitchell, could not attend his sentencing at Derby crown court on Tuesday for one simple reason: they did not exist. The satisfaction of justice was instead enjoyed by a middle-aged married couple who have become the latest in a wave of vigilante “hunters” who are so frustrated at police inaction to stop online grooming of children that they are taking the law into their own hands.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2014

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Street Tweet not so neat – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted November 11th, 2014 in disqualification, fines, freedom of expression, internet, news, sport by tracey

‘Football managers and coaches are not infrequently subjected to disciplinary sanctions by football regulatory bodies for speaking out about referees and such like. It is comparatively rarer for players to be sanctioned for expressing themselves, although this has now happened twice to QPR and sometime England midfielder and avid tweeter Rio Ferdinand.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 10th November 2014

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Interflora Inc and another v Marks and Spencer plc (No 5) – WLR Daily

Posted November 11th, 2014 in advertising, appeals, burden of proof, internet, law reports, trade marks by tracey

Interflora Inc and another v Marks and Spencer plc (No 5): [2014] EWCA Civ 1403; [2014] WLR (D) 473

‘On a claim for infringement of a trade mark under article 5(1)(a) of Council Directive 89/104/EEC through keyword advertising the onus of proof lay on the trade mark proprietor to establish that the advertisement complained of did not enable normally informed and reasonably attentive Internet users, or enabled them only with difficulty, to ascertain whether the goods or services referred to by the advertisement originated from the trade mark proprietor or an undertaking economically connected to it or, on the contrary, originated from a third party.’

WLR Daily, 5th November 2014

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Two men jailed over Dancing Jesus site music piracy – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2014 in artistic works, intellectual property, internet, news, sentencing by michael

‘Two men have been jailed for illegally distributing music through an online music forum.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2014

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Website blocking orders against ISPs – Cartier and 1967 – Technology Law Update

Posted November 5th, 2014 in injunctions, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘Two recent UK cases have underlined the vulnerability of internet service providers to allegations of IP infringement. ISPs can no longer says that they merely provide the roadways along which traffic, both good and bad, can pass. They are now being expected to police those roads and impede the progress of wrongdoers.’

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Technology Law Update, 5th November 2014

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Google and Facebook have ‘social responsibilities’, says Ofcom chief – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2014 in bullying, internet, media, news, pornography, terrorism by sally

‘The chief executive of media regulator Ofcom has said technology companies such as Google and Facebook have “social responsibilities” and it is “absolutely right to ask what society should expect of those organisations”.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2014

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Six types of killer use Facebook to commit crimes, says study – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2014 in crime, homicide, internet, murder, news, suicide by sally

‘Researchers at Birmingham City University have identified six types of killer who use Facebook to commit crimes, in the first-ever study on how the social networking site can affect criminal behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2014

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Junior doctor Raza Laskar admits sexually abusing boys – BBC News

‘A junior doctor working in paediatrics has admitted sexually abusing boys as young as 12.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2014

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Rape: consenting in a digital age – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 24th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, consent, internet, news, rape by sally

‘Rape, as everyone knows, is having penetrative sexual activity with someone without that person’s consent and the defendant not reasonably believing that that person is consenting.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th October 2014

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NSPCC’s call for law change over sex messages – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2014 in child abuse, electronic mail, internet, news, sexual offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Campaigners want it to be made illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2014

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Can the PM Go to War? – BBC Law in Action

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in internet, news, sentencing, war by sally

‘The House of Lords votes this week on a government proposal to increase the sentence for internet trolling to two years. We ask Baroness Deech QC – herself a victim of trolling – what she thinks of the idea.’

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BBC Law in Action, 21st October 2014

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Right to be forgotten: who may exercise power, over which kind of information? – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘The fifth and sixth public meetings of Google’s advisory council met in Berlin and London recently, inviting experts and the public to discuss the outcome of the recent “right to be forgotten ruling” made by the European court of Justice. Adviser Luciano Floridi explains the consultations.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2014

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Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for knifepoint rape of online date – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in harassment, internet, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man who brutally raped a woman at knifepoint, whom he had met on a dating website, has been sentenced to 21 years in jail.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2014

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Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2014 in costs, counterfeiting, injunctions, internet, news, trade marks by sally

‘A landmark British test case has opened the gates for brand owners to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to police trademark infringement at scale, in addition to their already controversial role in copyright enforcement.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2014

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Who, what, why: What laws currently cover trolling? – BBC News

‘Internet trolls could face two years in jail under new laws. But how does the British legal system currently police online abuse, asks Tom de Castella.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2014

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