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Academic behind copyright law changes warns that rights holders could lose even more control of content by taking test cases to court

Rights holders could lose even more control over their content if they take cases to court to test new copyright exceptions, the academic whose proposals prompted the new laws has exclusively told Out-Law.com.  07 Oct 2014

UK reforms enabling private copying, parodying and general quotation of copyrighted material come into force

Reforms to UK copyright rules that enable private copying, parodying and general quotation of copyrighted material to take place legally have come into force. 02 Oct 2014

Out-Law Guides

  • Unwitting infringements and the law

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in March 2009. Sometimes a company infringes another company's rights without realising it – so intellectual property laws distinguish deliberate...

  • Podcasting: the legal issues

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in October 2008. Podcasting is the creation of audio content for download to a mobile device or computer for an audience to listen to where and wh...

  • Mashups: the legal isues

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. On the web, a mashup is a website or application that uses content from more than one source to create a completely new service...

  • Database rights: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. Databases can be a valuable commercial asset and generally time and money is invested in their creation and maintenance. The la...

  • Copyright law: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in August 2008. The skill, creative effort, time and money invested in producing material may be wasted if it is open to other parties to use or...

  • Legal protection for databases - case report

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. The database right, which was introduced by the EC Council Directive on the legal protection of databases (the "Database...

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Study into business access to public information launched in UK

The UK's primary regulator of competition has commissioned a study into whether the market for commercial use of public information (CUPI) has improved since a damning report of practices by some public sector bodies was issued by the now-defunct Office of... 23 Sep 2014

CJEU defines works of parody and rules that rights holders' interests must be considered

Copyright owners can demand that their material is disassociated from works of parody that convey a discriminatory message, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled. 04 Sep 2014

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Expertise in Copyright

Copyright is an extremely valuable, often unrecognised or misunderstood right which protects a whole range of original materials including written materials, software, artistic materials, music and dramatic works. It arises automatically without the need for registration in most countries and protects these materials from unauthorised copying. It is essential in business to identify such rights, ensure they are owned by the correct entity, properly protected, enforced and exploited.

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