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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 Tribunal.
Google takeover of Motorola approved despite patent concerns
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 cybercrime
UK police have set up three new regional "hubs" in a bid to combat the growing threat of cybercrime.
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 say
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 said.


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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