Centre cancels ‘illegal’ women-only screening of film by Jewish director – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2015 in artistic works, equality, Judaism, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘A Jewish community centre in north west London has cancelled plans to show the controversial Israeli drama Gift of Fire after admitting proposals to ban men from a screening were most likely illegal under UK equality laws.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Greece drops option of legal action in British Museum Parthenon marbles row – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2015 in artistic works, international courts, news by tracey

‘Greece has ruled out taking legal action in its battle to reclaim the Parthenon marbles from Britain. The unexpected move abruptly ends the legal battle in one of the world’s most bitter cultural disputes.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court sits at British Museum for first time as judge studies looted Libyan sculpture – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 31st, 2015 in artistic works, courts, customs and excise, news, theft by sally

‘Marble statue worth £2 million looted from a UNESCO world heritage site in war-torn country.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Thwaytes v Sothebys – WLR Daily

Posted January 20th, 2015 in artistic works, auctioneers, duty of care, law reports, negligence by sally

Thwaytes v Sothebys [2015] EWHC 36 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 12

‘The standard of care imposed on an auction house where a person consigned a work of art for research and assessment was no greater than that owed to a person who consigned a work of art for sale.’

WLR Daily, 16th Janury 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Music bodies launch legal challenge against new UK private copying rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 28th, 2014 in artistic works, compensation, copyright, EC law, judicial review, licensing, news by sally

‘A number of UK music industry bodies have launched a legal challenge against newly introduced UK rules that enable consumers to make private copies of lawfully acquired copyrighted material without be held as copyright infringers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th November 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Orphan Works Licensing – NIPC Law

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘One of the consequences of extending the term of copyright in many types of copyright has been a massive increase in the number of works in which copyright subsists whose owners cannot be identified or found. Such works are known as “orphan works” and HM government claims that there are some 91 million of them in the UK alone. Because their owners cannot be traced orphan works cannot lawfully be reproduced even for preservation. Consequently, works recorded on such media as celluloid film and magnetic tape may be lost for ever. Much of that work is culturally important and some of it is of considerable scientific interest such as patient records in studies of malaria. In Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth Professor Hargreaves described the problem of orphan works as “the starkest failure of the copyright framework to adapt.”‘

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NIPC Law, 3rd November 2014

Source: www.nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

IPO launches new ‘orphan works’ licensing system – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘Businesses wishing to make use of copyrighted works that have no known rights holder can now obtain a licence allowing them to use the material without infringing UK copyright laws under a new licensing system launched by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Does UK copyright law have a sense of humour? – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 6th, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, EC law, interpretation, news by sally

‘Under a new exception to copyright law, anyone will be able to make a funny parody or mash-up from existing material. But do the courts have a sense of humour, asks Adam Rendle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK legalises music, film and e-book back-ups – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in artistic works, computer programs, copyright, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A law has come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers are allowed to keep the duplicates on local storage or in the cloud. While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Taking a selfie inside the National Gallery – a copyright infringement? – Legal Week

Posted August 28th, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, defences, news, photography by sally

‘A few days ago a number of newspapers reported that, following similar moves by a number of other UK institutions, the National Gallery in London has changed its strict no-photos-(please) policy, “after staff realised they were fighting a losing battle against mobile phones”, The Telegraph explains.

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Legal Week, 27th August 2014

Source: www.legalweek.com

Who Owns the Copyright in my Website? – Zenith Chambers

Posted August 14th, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘“I have paid a developer handsomely for my company’s website so my company owns the Copyright? Right?” Well, not exactly.

The question itself is predicated on a totally incorrect assumption of legal principle of their being a single copyright pertaining to a single site. When considered carefully, a website may consist of a large number of separate elements including music (or jingles), text, photographs, the font of the characters making up the site, colours, style, “look and feel”, language, sequence in which the web pages appear, forms, drawings and designs, and not forgetting the domain name itself. Each and every-one of those features attracts its own copyright and a website might therefore be correctly regarded as a ‘bundle’ of different rights protected separately by copyright law. How does this work? Let us begin by considering any music appearing on the website.’

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Zenith Chambers, 12th August 2014

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Copyright in the modern world: a load of monkey business? – Technology Law Update

‘The application of intellectual property law in our modern age is fraught with complexities. As societies and technologies develop, situations invariably arise that the drafters of legislation had perhaps not considered.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th August 2014

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

Private copying exception plans face possible legal action following parliamentary sign off – OUT-LAW.com

‘New rights to make private copies of copyrighted works, make free use of copyrighted material in works of parody and quote extracts from copyright protected books, audio and video content will be introduced into UK law from October.’

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OUT-LAW.co, 30th July 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

Failing to Make Crime Pay – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 5th, 2014 in artistic works, internet, news, privacy, proceeds of crime by sally

‘The government wants to do more to recover criminal assets. Joshua Rozenberg asks why – till now, at least – it has proved so difficult to deprive villains of their loot.’


BBC Law in Action, 3rd June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Take That stars could face tax bill of millions after court decision – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2014 in artistic works, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘Three members of the band Take That may have to pay back millions of pounds in tax after a tribunal ruling.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2014


Travails of the War Horse orchestra – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 24th, 2014 in artistic works, contract of employment, human rights, news, redundancy, theatre by tracey

‘Ashworth and others v the Royal National Theatre [2014] 1176. Anyone who saw one of the early performances of War Horse in its first season at the National Theatre will remember how profoundly moving was the live music, with the musicians visible along the sides of the theatre above the stage. Since that highly successful (and profitable) first season the role of the orchestra had been radically reduced, and now looks as if it is about to vanish altogether.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd April 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Roald Dahl museum wins tax case – The Independent

Posted April 10th, 2014 in artistic works, HM Revenue & Customs, news, taxation, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, dedicated to celebrating the life and work of the author, has won a tax case against HM Revenue and Customs.’

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The Independent, 9th April 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Fathers4Justice man jailed for defacing Queen portrait – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2014 in artistic works, criminal damage, litigants in person, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been jailed for six months for defacing a portrait of the Queen with paint.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk