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TMT & Sourcing and IP

Copyright protection should apply to functions of computer programs, software company claims in ECJ case

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) should apply copyright protection to the functions of computer programs, a software company has told it, according to media reports.

EU will not join countries in signing ACTA this weekend

The European Commission will not sign a controversial new trade agreement on behalf of EU member countries this weekend, despite Japan organising a signing ceremony for key negotiators, a spokesperson for the European Commission has told Out-Law.com.

Mosley loses bid to have privacy case heard by Europe's top human rights court

A privacy campaigner hopes the Government will close a "clear gap" in UK privacy laws after failing in his bid to have his case to overhaul media behaviour heard by Europe's top human rights court.

Software giant's terms of service restricts users' redress rights

Electronic Arts (EA) is asking US customers to agree to a new user contract that restricts their rights of redress.

ICO publishes guide to university research disclosure

University workers must release information from personal webmail accounts on request if it is related to public business, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

Companies should be vigilant about on-premises sales of fakes, says IPO

Companies should be vigilant about employees using their equipment to sell counterfeit goods or doing so on work premises, according to a guide published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).


ABI guidance outlines investor concerns about the size of directors' pay packets

Shareholders should be actively involved in deciding how much board directors are paid and should "strongly resist" bonus payments when a company does not perform well, the latest edition of influential guidelines has said.

Banking & Restructuring

Insolvency body says EU asset freeze plans will undermine debt recovery

European Commission plans to allow courts to freeze business assets in UK bank accounts deal a "severe blow" to UK insolvency laws, a trade body has said. The UK is yet to decide whether or not to opt in to the proposals.

Litigation & International Arbitration

Arbitrator's work with lawyers on separate case will not make him biased, rules High Court

An arbitrator is not likely to be biased by the mere fact that he is working for one of the parties on an unrelated case, a judge has said.

EU & Competition

EU Commission will investigate banks over e-payments competition fears

The European Commission is investigating whether members of a banking standards body are unlawfully restricting other institutions from using an online payment process they developed.

Projects & Construction

Detail of schools building programme reveals focus on efficiency, says expert

OPINION: There is still a lack of clarity about exactly how the Government's new schools-building programme is going to work, but details are beginning to emerge and they show that achieving improved value for money will be a major focus.


Pan-EU contract law will not cover insurance or financial services, says Commission

A new pan-European contract law will not cover insurance and financial services contracts, Out-Law.com can reveal. A European Commission spokesman said that the full proposal for the new law will be published in the middle of October.

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