They think it’s all over

TMT | 29 September 2017

Rights holders continue to have an ongoing battle against technological developments that facilitate free access to their content. The battles have taken many forms over the years since the creation of the printing press, recording TV and radio to VHS and cassettes respectively all the way through to the music industry’s fight against Napster.

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Firm Focus: AdamsonJones

TMT | 27 September 2017

AdamsonJones provides intellectual property (IP) services encompassing patent, design and trade mark protection and advice in the UK, Europe and throughout the world. The firm works with an expanding list of sophisticated and demanding clients, ranging from innovative start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to multinational corporations and internationally renowned universities. AdamsonJones also represents the clients of its overseas associates in proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office. [Continue Reading]

Word on the street: advertising, street art and intellectual property

TMT | 27 September 2017

Recently, McDonald’s and other brands have been accused of cultural appropriation, using without permission the work of street artists in advertising campaigns in Europe. These companies will spend many millions on protecting their own brands and for McDonald’s, with a strong tradition in supporting the arts, it should have known better. [Continue Reading]

Cyber attacks: the clock’s ticking…

TMT | 27 September 2017

It is the phone call that all in-house lawyers or chief compliance officers may dread. It might be from your IT team, or from law enforcement, reporting that there has been a security breach and that data has been leaked to the dark web; or it might be from a journalist, telling you that they hold confidential information that has been leaked to them; or it may be directly from a hacker making a ransom demand. In the event of a cyber attack, what should you do? [Continue Reading]

Edging closer to a UK draft Data Protection bill for GDPR implementation

TMT | 27 September 2017

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has just published a ‘Statement of Intent’ on the Data Protection Bill. For those hoping to see the draft bill itself, sadly we will have to wait. It is not the draft bill, but simply a statement of what it plans to do to keep in line with EU laws. So we are still left waiting to see the detailed wording of implementation. Once you read through the document you quickly realise that it is largely restating provisions that are already known to be found within the General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force on 25 May 2018, and the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive.

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Access to content anytime, anywhere, any device: how changes in consumption habits shape EU policies

TMT | 27 September 2017

The introduction of the internet as a delivery platform and the digitisation of audio visual (AV) content have triggered major changes in the media sector. The shift from a relatively closed media system, controlled and broadcast linearly, to an open media ecosystem where the audience chooses its favourite content on-demand not only represents a challenge to the traditional media companies, but has also stirred consumer expectations towards being now able to access content ‘anytime, anywhere, on any device’.

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The General Data Protection Directive: correcting the myths

TMT | 27 September 2017

With less than one year left before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has embarked on an initiative to correct some public misconceptions about its impact. Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, recently expressed concern in the ICO blog that ‘not everything you read or hear about the GDPR is true’, and that ‘misinformation is in danger of being considered truth’. This article will discuss how the legal and business press have been reporting GDPR stories, and outline the 12 steps that the ICO recommends organisations should be taking now. [Continue Reading]