Badge designs are protected by copyright, says High Court –

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“Protection for unregistered designs may be stronger than previously thought, following a ruling by the High Court that found the designs of novelty badges had been infringed.”

Full story, 22nd June 2007


Mail on Sunday denied appeal over diaries – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2007 in confidentiality, copyright, news by sally

“The Mail on Sunday will be forced to return Prince Charles’ diaries after the House of Lords today rejected the paper’s request for leave to appeal the case.”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2007


Online music retailer ordered to pay £35m damages – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in copyright, damages, news, parallel imports by sally

“An internet retailer that broke a legally-binding promise not to sell imported CDs at almost half the price they sold for on the High Street has been ordered to pay the UK record industry £35 million, it emerged today.”

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The Times, 29th May 2007


Copyright extension back on Commons’ agenda –

Posted May 16th, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“A parliamentary motion calling for an extension to the term of copyright has been signed by 75 MPs. The reopening of the debate comes despite The Treasury’s backing for the recent recommendation not to extend copyright made by Andrew Gowers.”

Full story, 16th May 2007


Copyright damages should not be punitive, says UK Government –

Posted May 14th, 2007 in copyright, damages, news by sally

“The Government has proposed a change to the damages available under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, ruling out the possibility of the award of punitive damages in civil cases of copyright infringement.”

Full story, 14th May 2007


Trading Standards officers become copyright enforcers –

Posted April 12th, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“Trading Standards officers are now empowered to enter premises and seize goods and documents they believe to be involved in copyright infringement, now that changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act have come into force.” 

Full story, 11th April 2007