McDonalds facing a string of copyright infringement suits

Oh dear oh dear, what is the matter with McDonalds? Their corporate website is full of warm and fluffy statements about how seriously they take their corporate social responsibility. They are into ‘Recycling’, ‘Reusing’ and Supporting youngsters and the community.’  Really – how come then that they are facing a string of copyright infringement suits…

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A – bit too much TalkTalk!! – £400,000.00 fine for data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has issued a record monetary penalty of £400,000 against telecommunications group TalkTalk under the Data Protection Act 1998. The fine is for serious contraventions of TalkTalk’s security obligations as a data controller under the Act which occurred in 2016 and which were well publicised. The decision is an indication that…

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Designer with limited capital? Well, the UK Intellectual Property Office has just reduced its fees…

It was last January that the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) published its consultation on changes to registered design fees within the UK. A little over 9 months later, from the 1 October 2016, the reduced fees are born. The introduction of these reduced fees follows a number of recent developments to the registered…

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Free Wi-Fi providers are not liable for copyright infringement

Tobias McFadden a German national, wished to promote his business and website by allowing free open access to his Wi-Fi connection.  In 2010, copyrighted content owned by Sony was downloaded, via McFadden’s Wi-Fi connection.  Sony commenced proceedings, with the aim for McFadden to be liable for third party copyright infringement. The CJEU (Court of Justice…

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Calling all designers: Are your iconic 3D works about to get back into full copyright? Intellectual Property Office issues guidance note 9 September 2016

The long awaited repeal to Section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 is due to take effect on 28th October 2016. From that date 3D works which have been mass produced and in respect of which registered and/or unregistered design rights has expired may benefit from full copyright protection, which is the…

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