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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

Is posting football Vines copyright infringement?

FOCUS: New copyright 'fair dealing' rules threaten the Premier League's plans to clamp down on widespread sharing of clips from its matches to preserve the value of the broadcast rights to those games. 21 Aug 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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Private copying exception plans face possible legal action following parliamentary sign off

New rights to make private copies of copyrighted works, make free use of copyrighted material in works of parody and quote extracts from copyright protected books, audio and video content will be introduced into UK law from October. 30 Jul 2014

Digital Economy Act copyright regime shelved by UK government

Work on a new online copyright enforcement regime under the Digital Economy Act (DEA) has been shelved now that rights holders and internet service providers (ISPs) have voluntarily agreed a framework for educating alleged infringers about the harm of piracy,... 24 Jul 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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