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Wizards, Vampires, and Fans of Fiction – Character Copyright in the Internet Age

June 30, 2010

Should fan fiction be permitted by copyright law?  Roland Barthes, a literary theorist set out in his essay ‘Death of the Author’ his belief that once a text has been written by an author it no longer belongs to...

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What Everybody Ought to Know ….About Names and Trade Marks

July 2, 2010

In business, as in life, we are constantly assessing and managing risks.  One of the most important risks to avoid is that of choosing your brand name without doing some very careful searches.  

I know this from...

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Cyber Warfare – a Public and Private Response

July 5, 2010

At the beginning of last week alleged Russian spies were charged in a US court. Are we going to see James Bond back with the femme fatales and the echoes of the cold war? Officially, US-Russian relations were remarkably warm this...

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NinjaVideo.net, TVShack.net and other Domains Seized

July 7, 2010

Last week nine websites that allowed people to download or stream TV programmes and films for free were closed down (see here), their domains seized by the US federal government. These sites included tvshack.net, Movies-Links.tv,...

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What do Early Stage Businesses want from their Lawyers?

July 15, 2010

Before considering what start ups require from their lawyers, it’s worth remembering that many businesses tend to change radically in the early years. A few years after starting up, they may look nothing like their initial...

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Your Business and the Digital Economy Act

July 19, 2010

In view of the controversy surrounding not only its contents, but the way in which it was passed, we had written on the recent Digital Economy Act in an earlier post. In this post I would like to focus not on the broader policy...

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Facebook Facing ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuit?
July 21, 2010

The popular social networking site Facebook, valued in the billions of dollars, is facing legal action brought by a plaintiff who claims to be entitled to the lion’s share of the business. The claim alleges that Paul Ceglia...

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Whistleblowers, Censorship, and Secure channels of Communication: The Afghan War Logs
July 27, 2010

Over 90,000 American military documents relating to operations in Afghanistan have been leaked by the online whistleblower Wikileaks.

Read more about Wikileaks in our earlier post, and on their website.

These previously...

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Video Game Piracy – A Different Beast?

July 30, 2010

Since the release of the latest generation of consoles, the gaming industry has undergone considerable growth. No longer seen as a niche, antisocial pastime, the marketing strategies and innovative approaches to game design employed...

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Digital Rights Management – Keeping Gamers Legitimate

August 3, 2010

Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes comprise a wide range of techniques used to restrict the use of hardware, software and media – allowing publishers broad control over how the software is used by licensees. Game...

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Challenging ‘Health Claim’ Trade Marks

August 6, 2010

The EU Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods (see here) were passed in 2006 to ensure consumers were not mislead by unsubstantiated health claims on food packaging. With a greater interest in health...

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Trade Marks and Branding, a World Apart?

August 9, 2010

In their article earlier this year, the Ipkat drew attention to the fact that there is a marked separation between the worlds of trade marks and branding.

More often than not the two are not addressed collectively, but are...

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