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TMT & Sourcing & Intellectual Property
Courts cannot force social networks to broadly
monitor for illegal file-sharing, ECJ rules
National courts cannot force social networks to
monitor for copyright infringement by users
because it would not strike a "fair balance"
between the rights of rights holders and the
rights of those platforms and its users, the
European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
Proposed newspaper content licensing fees not
wholly 'reasonable', Tribunal rules
Business customers of online news clippings
services will pay a lower fixed price licence to
access newspaper content via those providers
following an interim ruling by the Copyright
Google takeover of Motorola approved despite
The European Commission said that the
acquisition would "not significantly modify the
market situation in respect of operating systems
and patents" for smartphone and tablet devices.
Regional police hubs launched to combat
UK police have set up three new regional "hubs"
in a bid to combat the growing threat of
Competition regulator 'determined' to prevent
standards rights abuses
The European Commission will use competition law
to stop companies abusing the fact that their
patented technology forms part of agreed
technical standards, the EU's Competition
Commissioner has said.
Guernsey offers personalities chance to register
control over their image
Celebrities will be able to register rights
related to their personality under new
legislation proposed on the island of Guernsey.
Banking & Restructuring
PFI investors overcharging for risk, NAO warns
Public sector authorities could be paying more
than they should to equity investors who are
charging more than they should to offset risk in
projects funded by way of the private finance
initiative (PFI), the Government's spending
watchdog has warned.
Projects & Construction
Government sets out policy on nationally
significant waste water projects
England needs new and improved waste water
treatment facilities to meet more stringent
environmental standards and deal with population
growth, the Government has said.
New Business Finance Partnership scheme for SMEs
will replace Project Merlin commitments, reports
A new Government backed scheme to lend to small
and medium sized businesses (SMEs) will be a
more effective way of ensuring capital makes its
way into the economy than bank lending targets,
an expert has said.
Government wide review of bonus structures could
extend to part publicly funded bodies
Ministers could review the way part publically
funded organisations issue bonuses as part of a
wider investigation of bonus structures within
the public sector, media reports have said.
Proposed pension solvency requirements could
have a "disastrous impact" on economic growth,
industry bodies warn
The European Commission's plans to reform
pension provision will "undermine the retirement
prospects" of millions of citizens and have a
"disastrous impact" on economic growth, a group
of UK pension and business organisations have
Councils fined after breaches of 'sensitive'
child welfare papers
The UK's data protection watchdog has fined two
English council bodies a total of £180,000 after
finding they had failed to keep "highly
sensitive information" about children secure.
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