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What does the CSI Effect and Suits have to do with your knowledge of the law?

In 2006, the CSI Effect was prevalent throughout the criminal courts of America, with jurors questioning forensic evidence through information that had been learned off of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigations. The technical term for the CSI Effect is ‘any of several ways in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows influences public perception’. Peter Robson in his essay on ‘The Portrayal of the Corporate Lawyer on TV: the…
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Monkeying around – Naruto v. David John Slater – can an animal possess the copyright to an image

A recent case of man vs. animal has brought into debate whether or not an animal can possess the copyright to an image. The case of Naruto v. David John Slater et al. has caused this debate after the image of the ‘monkey selfie’ went viral in 2011. David Slater travelled to Indonesia to photograph macaques in the national park of North Sulawesi. On his second day in the national park, Slater followed a troupe…
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Unjustified threats provisions receive Royal Assent

At the end of April, the new Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 received Royal Assent, with an expectation the provisions will come into force in October. As we reported last February, the new threats legislation had been steadily marching through parliament and, despite the snap general election which had been called mid-April, the Bill (as it was) remained on the agenda and received Royal Assent on 27 April. What is it again? This new…
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The importance of trade mark registration – even if your brand is still a baby

So I’ve just had baby – strictly speaking it was actually my wife who had the baby, I mainly just cheered her on and let her squeeze my hand.  It’s our first and so naturally we’ve been obsessing over every detail of our new daughter’s upbringing, desperately trying to ensure that we haven’t forgotten to do something which is actually vitally important. One of the first things that we had to do was register her…
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