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The new Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014. As well as introducing measures to make it harder for "libel tourists" to take advantage of the English justice system and to restrict the use of juries in libel trials, the Act also...

Two recent cases, in which the registration of established and familiar trade marks have been challenged and lost, have highlighted the need for extremely clear and precise descriptions when registering unusual trade marks.   In both cases, the owner of the trade mark launched proceedings for trade...

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent at the end of April and will come into force later this year as the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. It represents the latest implementation of the Government’s plan to ease the regulatory burden that...

The availability of the modernised and re-launched IPO Mediation Service and the new IP small claims court means that, for the first time, small businesses have a realistic prospect of protecting their intellectual property. It is starting to become genuinely worthwhile for small businesses to...

EU developments You may remember the MU and FIM (International Federation of Musicians) petition back in September, which aimed at amending EU Regulation 26/2004 on Air Passenger Rights. The objective of the amendment was to address the increasingly common and unpleasant experience for musicians of being...

The Government's recent Consultation on the implementation of the extension of the copyright term for sound recordings (from 50 years to 70 years after the recording was first issued to the public) closed at the beginning of this month. The way in which the regulations...

We have reported previously on the first S97A WEBSITE-BLOCKING ORDER made in July 2011 in relation to the peer-to-peer file-sharing site Newzbin; this required major ISPs to block access to a website that had been proven to be facilitating the mass copyright infringement of film files....

According to IFPI’s recent DIGITAL MUSIC REPORT 2013, last year saw a growth in worldwide revenues from recorded music for the first time since 1999. Although the numbers show a scant growth of 0.3%, the music industry has greeted the report with enthusiasm. According to...