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On 1 June 2014, three statutory instruments came into force which make changes to copyright legislation, allowing more activities to be carried out without the permission of the copyright holder. This is achieved by broadening the scope of the copyright exceptions which already existed under...

Several recent developments suggest that the data protection regime is being put to effective use in developing a new area of law, "misuse of private information", which could offer greater privacy protection to internet users.   A recent Preliminary Opinion from the EU Data Protection Supervisor looked...

The ownership status of content on social media sites is unlikely to be at the forefront of the average user's thinking, particularly as the social media environment thrives on the swift exchange and replication of information and opinions.  Furthermore, the lengthy terms and conditions on...

MAKING THE MOST OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN YOUR BUSINESS   Do you know a business whose commercial ideas have been stolen by an employee or collaborator? Or someone whose entire website has been replicated by a copycat business? Or perhaps you are wondering how to value...

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...

In July this year the Intellectual Property Office announced funding of £2.5m to help the City of London Police set up a specialist unit dedicated to fighting IP crime and online piracy.  The unit, which officially opened last month, has already begun sending letters to...

Tales of theft of commercial ideas and intellectual property are rife:   -       the employee, director or collaborator who steals confidential information in order to set up a rival business; -       an entire website replicated by a copycat business; -       digital content copied and sold on...