New s.182 Guidance – The Changes & How They Affect Day To Day Issues – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 17th, 2012 in health, legislation, licensing, local government, news, police by sally

New s.182 Guidance – The Changes & How They Affect Day To Day Issues (Powerpoint presentation)

No. 5 Chambers, 12th July 2012


Private investigators should be licensed, say MPs – BBC News

“All private investigators in England and Wales should be licensed or at least registered, a committee of MPs has recommended.”

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BBC News, 6th July 2012


Usedsoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp – WLR Daily

Posted July 5th, 2012 in computer programs, copyright, EC law, law reports, licensing by sally

Usedsoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp (Case C-128/11); [2012] WLR (D) 192

“Article 4(2) of Parliament and Council Directive 2009/24/EC meant that the right of distribution of a copy of a computer program was exhausted if the copyright holder who had authorised, even free of charge, the downloading of that copy from the Internet onto a data carrier had also conferred, in return for payment of a fee intended to enable him to obtain a remuneration corresponding to the economic value of the copy of the work of which he was the proprietor, a right to use that copy for an unlimited period. In the event of the resale of a user licence, the second acquirer of the licence, as well as any subsequent acquirer of it, was able to rely on the exhaustion of the distribution right under article 4(2), and hence be regarded as lawful acquirers of a copy of a computer program within the meaning of article 5(1) and benefit from the right of reproduction provided for in that provision.”

WLR Daily, 3rd July 2012


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


New licence will allow law firm clients free access to publishers’ work –

Posted June 8th, 2012 in copyright, internet, law firms, licensing, news by sally

“Organisations will be able to obtain free access to some publishers’ digital content through their law firm under a new licensing option on offer by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).”

Full story, 8th June 2012


An ignoble day for the noble art: Haye v Chisora – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 8th, 2012 in licensing, news, sport by sally

“Recently on Halsbury’s Law Exchange Simon Hetherington wrote a thoughtful piece on boxing. He stated candidly at the outset that he was not a boxing fan. For my own part, I admit to being an inveterate fan of the sport, although I haven’t followed it closely for a few years now. Even the most avid boxing fan, however, has to admit that the activity gives rise to serious moral and legal questions. And even if one finds satisfactory answers to those questions in principle, no-one can be happy – from a legal, moral or sporting perspective – with the way in which boxing is run, as the embarrassing saga of the planned fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora demonstrates.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th June 2012


Gangmasters caught running illegal labour teams escape prosecution – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2012 in gangmasters, human rights, licensing, news, quangos by sally

“Hundreds of gangmasters caught running illegal migrant labour squads are avoiding prosecution, it can be revealed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2012


Gangmaster licensing plan prompts exploitation fears – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2012 in gangmasters, licensing, news by sally

“Fruit pickers, shellfish gatherers and farm labourers could be at greater risk of exploitation under plans to reduce regulation of gangmasters, unions say.”

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BBC News, 25th May 2012


New licensing rules for children on reality TV – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 25th, 2012 in children, licensing, media, news by tracey

“Children who appear on television talent shows or reality TV programmes will have to be licensed under Government plans to prevent them being exploited for ratings.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2012


Taxis and private hire services – Law Commission

Posted May 10th, 2012 in consultations, licensing, news, taxis by sally

“Clearer rules governing taxis and private hire vehicles could bring stretch limousines and bicycle rickshaws into the licensing system but keep charity volunteers and childminders out of it, the Law Commission said today.”

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Law Commission, 10th May 2012


Copyright exceptions will not deliver anticipated economic growth, licensing bodies say –

Posted April 2nd, 2012 in archives, copyright, libraries, licensing, news by sally

“Writing exceptions to copyright into UK law will not deliver economic growth and would in fact ‘remove the core asset value’ in creators’ content, a number of licensing bodies have said.”

Full story, 2nd April 2012


Existing copyright licensing processes not accounting properly for ‘mixed media’ and digital content, report says –

Posted March 29th, 2012 in copyright, internet, licensing, news, reports by sally

“Copyright licensing processes in the UK could be more ‘streamlined, easier and cheaper to use’ than is currently the case, a report into the framework has said.”

Full story, 28th March 2012


SRA confirms debut trio of licensed alternative business structures – Legal Week

“The first three alternative business structures (ABS) to be licensed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been confirmed today (March 28), as the reforms ushered in by the Legal Services Act continue to gather pace.”

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Legal Week, 28th March 2012


Taxi drivers eligible for enhanced criminal records check – Home Office

Posted March 27th, 2012 in criminal records, licensing, news, vetting by sally

“From today, all taxi licensing authorities can request enhanced criminal record checks before issuing licences to taxi and private hire vehicle drivers.”

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Home Office, 26th March 2012


Thousands in court every week for not having a TV licence – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2012 in BBC, fines, licensing, media, news by sally

“Magistrates have called for the failure to get a television licence to be decriminalised after it emerged more than 3,000 people were taken to court every week for not paying the fee.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2012


Live Music Act 2012 –

Posted March 9th, 2012 in legislation, licensing by tracey

Live Music Act 2012 published

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Circuses to be banned from using wild animals, government announces – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2012 in animals, bills, licensing, news by tracey

“MP who led backbench call for ban remains sceptical as ministers unveil plans for licensing regime to precede legislation.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2012


Dereck Chisora given indefinite ban by World Boxing Council – BBC News

Posted February 29th, 2012 in disciplinary procedures, licensing, news, sport by tracey

“Dereck Chisora has been suspended indefinitely by the World Boxing Council for his behaviour before and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko.”

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BBC News, 28th February 2012


Proposed newspaper content licensing fees not wholly ‘reasonable’, Tribunal rules –

Posted February 16th, 2012 in copyright, licensing, media, news, tribunals by sally

“Business customers of online news clippings services will pay a lower fixed price licence to access newspaper content via those providers following an interim ruling by the Copyright Tribunal.”

Full story, 16th February 2012


Views sought on UK’s copyright licensing system –

Posted January 6th, 2012 in copyright, licensing, news by tracey

“Creative industry representatives have been asked to give their views on whether the UK’s current copyright licensing system is fit for the digital age.”

Full  story, 5th January 2012