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Copyright rules do not provide freedom to retransmit TV programmes online, says UK government

UK copyright laws do not provide online content providers with freedom to retransmit TV programmes shown by UK public service broadcasters (PSBs) to fixed-line internet users who could otherwise watch the programmes on TV, the UK government has said. 10 Apr 2015

Filmmaker given right to Australian ISP customer details

The Australian federal court has ordered six Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over the names, home addresses and IP addresses of customers accused of illegally downloading the film Dallas Buyers Club.  07 Apr 2015

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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UK court to ask CJEU for guidance on copyright rules for internet retransmissions

The EU's highest court will be asked to determine whether UK copyright laws have to be changed to remove a defence to copyright infringement that relates to the streaming of TV broadcast content. 02 Apr 2015

E-commerce sector to be scrutinised by EU competition regulator

The competition authority within the European Commission plans to scrutinise the way digital content and other goods are sold online across national borders within the EU, it has said. 26 Mar 2015

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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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