New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Artist injured by stolen motorbike awarded £3m damages after High Court trial – The Independent

‘An artist who wanted around £30 million damages after suffering a serious head injury when he was hit by a stolen motorcycle more than six years ago has been awarded about £3 million by a High Court judge.’

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The Independent, 14th April 2022

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Ed Sheeran wins Shape of You copyright case and hits out at ‘baseless’ claims – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘Ed Sheeran has won a High Court copyright battle over his 2017 hit Shape of You.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2022

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‘Music is so different now’: Copyright laws need to change, says legal expert – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, internet, interpretation, news by tracey

‘Songwriters such as Ed Sheeran face a future of drawn out legal battles because the way in which people consume music has changed so much in the past half a century, a leading legal expert has warned, as she urged courts to reconsider how they interpret copyright law.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2022

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Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You copyright row set for High Court trial – The Independent

Posted March 4th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘Ed Sheeran’s hit song Shape Of You is at the centre of a High Court copyright row. Sheeran is involved in a legal battle with two songwriters who claim the 2017 hit rips off parts of their song Oh Why, and a three-week trial is due to start on Friday in London.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2022

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Only Fools and Horses firm sues creators of ‘cushty’ dining events – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘It’s just the sort of ersatz product that would have made Del Boy proud – but the makers of Only Fools and Horses are suing an unauthorised immersive theatre show based on the BBC sitcom for copyright infringement.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2022

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UK watchdog to study music streaming amid claims of raw deal for artists and fans – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2022 in artistic works, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The UK’s competition watchdog has launched an in-depth study into the booming music streaming market, to assess whether the big record labels and services such as Spotify hold “excessive power”, and whether artists and fans are getting a fair deal.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2022

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CPS to review guidance on using drill music as evidence – BBC News

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is updating its guidance on the use of drill music as evidence in criminal trials.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2022

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Neo-Nazi terror offender ordered to read Jane Austen ‘resumed interest in far-right extremism within days’, court told – The Independent

‘A neo-Nazi terror offender who was spared jail and ordered to read Jane Austen resumed his interest in far-right extremism within days, a court has heard.’

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The Independent, 19th January 2022

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Art collector’s court case signals potential legal and contractual issues with NFTs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 28th, 2021 in arbitration, artistic works, auctioneers, internet, news by sally

‘Liverpool-based art collector and computer programmer Amir Soleymani has recently filed a High Court claim against non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Nifty Gateway, concerning the auction terms relating to his $650,000 third-place bid for digital artist Beeple’s “Abundance” NFT.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2021

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Gag warfare: standups in legal row over ‘stolen’ comedy routine – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2021 in artistic works, defamation, intellectual property, news, plagiarism by sally

‘Kae Kurd begins libel case at high court against Darius Davies over public accusations of plagiarism.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2021

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Judge rules Little Mix concert promoter discriminated against group of deaf mothers at 2017 concert – The Independent

‘A judge has ruled that a concert promoter for Little Mix discriminated against a group of deaf mothers in 2017.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2021

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Court of Appeal: film partnerships were trading with a view to profit – OUT-LAW.com

‘Two film partnerships were carrying on a trade with a view to profit, meaning that loss relief was available to individual investors, the Court of Appeal has decided, restoring a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th August 2021

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Sex Pistols win legal fight against Johnny Rotten over songs – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2021 in agreements, artistic works, consent, licensing, media, news by sally

‘The former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten, has lost a high court attempt to block the punk band’s songs from being used in a forthcoming drama series.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2021

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Anarchy in UK court? Ex-Sex Pistols sue singer Johnny Rotten – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2021 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, licensing, news by tracey

‘Two former members of the Sex Pistols are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming television series about the anarchic punk rock icons.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2021

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MPs call for ‘complete reset’ of music streaming to protect artists – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2021 in artistic works, competition, inquiries, internet, media, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Music streaming needs a “complete reset”, according to a damning parliamentary report that calls on the UK competition watchdog to investigate the commercial power wielded by major record labels.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2021

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Banksy will have to reveal identity to control copyright, say judges – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2021 in anonymity, artistic works, copyright, news, trade marks by sally

‘Banksy will have to reveal his identity if he wants to regain control of his artistic portfolio, judges have said as they stripped him of a total of six trademarks.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2021

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Drill music as bad character evidence – 6KBW College Hill

‘The past decade has seen the emergence of ‘drill music’ content increasingly used by the prosecution in criminal trials involving young, black, male defendants accused of gang-related offences.’

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6KBW College Hill, 13th June 2021

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Police force obtains gang injunctions banning brothers from music videos glorifying gun and drug crime – Local Government Lawyer

‘West Midlands Police has secured gang injunctions banning two brothers from Birmingham from appearing in drill music videos glorifying gun and drug crime.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th May 2021

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UK watchdog investigates Penguin owner’s Simon & Schuster takeover – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2021 in artistic works, competition, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Penguin Random House’s (PRH) $2bn (£1.45bn) takeover of rival book publisher Simon & Schuster. The Competition and Markets Authority said on Monday it was considering whether the deal, which cements PRH’s position as the world’s biggest book publisher, would result in a “substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services”.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2021

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