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Copyright Works in Photographs: Photographing Buildings

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At a recent training seminar a colleague from Keltie and I presented an overview of patents, trade marks, designs and copyright to an audience of in-house lawyers. As I’m a patent attorney and my colleague is a trade mark attorney we were ready for any questions that could be thrown at us from the fields of patents, designs and trade marks. Copyright, not so much maybe. We obviously had the basics covered and knew the details of some recent cases like Meltwater. However, anything slightly off track could have the potential to cause problems.

Nothing like that would happen, would it? Enter Sod’s Law and a question about taking photographs of a building…. (more…)

New role of ISPs combatting trade mark infringement

DiamondFourteen years after the adoption of the Directive on Electronic Commerce of 8 June 2000, relating to the liability of the ISPs within the EU, the roles of ISPs have evolved significantly and they no longer work in a solely technical capacity.

In principle, ISPs do not have any say on the content matter, they are simply offering a technical service. This task has however become required across a much broader spectrum since the emergence of Web 2.0, as users now have more opportunity to post and retrieve content on an interactive level.

ISPs which are merely acting as hosts benefit from a special status on non-responsibility. However, the legal obligations of ISPs have increased and in addition to the normal rules of liability, International and European Law have imposed on ISPs obligations to act against trade mark infringement by cooperating with the trade mark owners and the authorities. (more…)

Ministry of Sound releases Spotify Mash Up in UK High Court

MoS trade mark logoMonday 2 September 2013 saw Ministry of Sound, the well-known dance music brand, launch UK copyright infringement proceedings against the music-streaming service Spotify on the grounds that it has refused to take down users’ playlists that copy many of Ministry’s compilation albums. (more…)