Collecting societies gain rights to collect royalties by default under Government plans –

Posted July 4th, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

“Collecting societies will be able to collect royalties on behalf of all rights holders and not just members under a Government plan that would require individual content creators to opt out of their systems.”

Full story, 3rd July 2012


Content mining should be cleared up and copyright law entirely rewritten, say MPs –

Posted June 28th, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, internet, news, reports, select committees by sally

“Publishers should develop new licensing models that would allow researchers to use computerised techniques to read information contained in journal articles at ‘realistic rates’, MPs have said.”

Full story, 28th June 2012


Generics (UK) Ltd v Yeda Research & Development Co Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Generics (UK) Ltd v Yeda Research & Development Co Ltd and another [2012] EWCA Civ 726; [2012] WLR (D) 169

“The principles established in Prince Jefri Bolkiah v KPMG (A firm) [1999] 2 AC 222 were not applicable to a case in which the former employer of a patent attorney now employed within a competitor organisation sought injunctive relief to restrain the current employer from acting by, or otherwise seeking assistance or advice from, the patent attorney in relation to current litigation.”

WLR Daily, 31st May 2012


Government anticipates June publication of new anti-piracy regulations –

Posted May 15th, 2012 in codes of practice, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

“A new code of practice setting out new anti-piracy measures and procedures is expected to be published next month, the Government has said.”

Full story, 15th May 2012


High Court breaks down application of database rights for ‘factual data’ recorded from football games –

Posted May 11th, 2012 in copyright, database right, EC law, intellectual property, news, sport by tracey

“Individuals who access information about football goals that is stored in a database do not infringe on the database rights of football authorities, the High Court has ruled.”

Full story, 11th May 2012


Internet freedom ‘under threat from hasty legislation in UK and US’ – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2012 in freedom of expression, intellectual property, internet, media, news by sally

“Head of global media observation group says many countries are trying to restrict internet freedom in name of security.”

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The Guardian, 1st May 2012


UK framework on IP rated one of the worst for serving consumer interests –

“The UK’s intellectual property (IP) framework is one of the worst in the world in terms of serving the interests of the public, a new report has said.”

Full story, 27th April 2012


Government’s IP policy-making to be scrutinised in cross-party group inquiry –

Posted March 19th, 2012 in government departments, inquiries, intellectual property, news by sally

“The way that Government determines policies on intellectual property (IP) issues is to be reviewed by a cross-party group of MPs.”

Full story, 16th March 2012


Premier League clubs settles tax dispute over image rights payments –

Posted March 7th, 2012 in HM Revenue & Customs, intellectual property, news, sport by sally

“Newcastle United Football Club has settled a disputed tax bill with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that is thought to relate largely to image rights payments to players, according to a newspaper report.”

Full story, 7th March 2012


Facebook hacker jailed for eight months – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2012 in computer crime, intellectual property, internet, news, sentencing by sally

“A student who hacked into Facebook in ‘the most extensive and grave’ case of social media hacking ever to come before a British court has been sentenced to eight months in prison.”

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The Guardian, 17th February 2012


Courts cannot force social networks to broadly monitor for illegal file-sharing, ECJ rules –

Posted February 16th, 2012 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

“National courts cannot force social networks to monitor for copyright infringement by users because it would not strike a ‘fair balance’ between the rights of rights holders and the rights of those platforms and its users, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.”

Full story, 16th February 2012


Microsoft to sue Comet over ‘fake’ Windows discs – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2012 in consumer protection, counterfeiting, intellectual property, news by tracey

“Microsoft is to sue UK electronics retailer Comet for making tens of thousands of allegedly unauthorised CDs for its Windows operating system and selling them to customers. The US computing giant has issued proceedings against Comet for allegedly creating more than 94,000 counterfeit ‘recovery discs’ for its Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems and selling them to customers.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th January 2012


Realchemie Nederland BV v Bayer CropScience AG (Case C-406/09) – WLR Daily

Posted December 7th, 2011 in conflict of laws, EC law, intellectual property, law reports, news by sally

Realchemie Nederland BV v Bayer CropScience AG (Case C-406/09); [2011] WLR (D) 350

“Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ 2001 L 12, p1) applied to the recognition and enforcement of a decision of a court or tribunal that contained an order to pay a fine in order to ensure compliance with a judgment given in a civil and commercial matter. The costs relating to an exequatur (enforcement) procedure brought in one member state, in the course of which the recognition and enforcement was sought of a judgment given in another member state in proceedings seeking to enforce an intellectual property right, fell within article 14 of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/48/EC of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (OJ 2004 L 157, p 45).”

WLR Daily, 18th December 2011


Courts cannot force ISPs into broad filtering and monitoring for copyright-infringing traffic, ECJ rules –

Posted November 24th, 2011 in data protection, EC law, intellectual property, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Court injunctions that force internet service providers (ISPs) to filter and monitor user traffic in order to prevent illegal file-sharing are contrary to EU law and fundamental rights, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.”

Full story, 24th November 2011


Feasibility study into digital copyright exchange launched –

Posted November 24th, 2011 in copyright, intellectual property, internet, news, reports by sally

“A report into how a new digital copyright exchange (DCE) could work will be submitted to the Government before Parliament breaks up for summer next year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said.”

Full story, 23rd November 2011


Trade body says ECJ ruling could undermine private copying law reforms –

Posted November 15th, 2011 in compensation, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

“UK copyright reform could be ‘undermined’ if the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that copyright levies must still be charged when rights holders have given their permission for work to be copied, an IT trade association has said.”

Full story, 14th November 2011


BT ordered to block Newzbin2 filesharing site within 14 days – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2011 in copyright, intellectual property, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

“BT has been given 14 days to block access to a website accused of promoting illegal filesharing ‘on a grand scale’ by Hollywood studios, in the first high court ruling of its kind under UK copyright law.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2011


High Court rules computer simulations can obtain patent protection –

Posted October 11th, 2011 in intellectual property, inventions, judgments, news, patents by sally

“Computer simulations of designs are not ‘unpatentable’ mental acts, the High Court has ruled.”

Full story, 11th October 2011


Premier League games can be shown on foreign decoders – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2011 in EC law, intellectual property, licensed premises, licensing, media, news, sport by tracey

“A pub landlady has won the latest stage of her fight to air Premier League games using a foreign TV decoder. Karen Murphy had to pay nearly £8,000 in fines and costs for using a cheaper Greek decoder in her Portsmouth pub to bypass controls over match screening. But she took her case to the European Court of Justice. The ECJ now says national laws which prohibit the import, sale or use of foreign decoder cards are contrary to the freedom to provide services.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th October 2011


BBC Worldwide to sue Silvio Berlusconi’s TV network – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in BBC, intellectual property, media, news, plagiarism by tracey

“BBC Worldwide is suing an Italian television network owned by Silvio Berlusconi over claims that it has copied Strictly Come Dancing.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2011