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Clarification on “serious harm” in defamation claims: Theedom v Nourish Training

In Theedom v Nourish Training t/a CSP Recruitment  the High Court has provided further clarification as to what constitutes “serious harm” under Section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Background During 2013-2014 the claimant worked for CSP, a recruitment consultancy based in Leicester. In early 2014 two of the claimant’s colleagues, one of whom subsequently …   Read more

Santa Claus Is Comin’ … back to the songwriter: Baldwin v EMI Feist Catalog

Earlier this autumn, the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the rights to the classic Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” will revert to the heirs of its co-writer J. Fred Coots in 2016. The case centered on the termination rights of songwriters under US copyright law. Background J. Fred Coots …   Read more

Paul Weller privacy decision upheld: Weller and others v Associated Newspapers Ltd

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that the Mail Online infringed the privacy of Paul Weller’s children by publishing unpixelated photographs of them out shopping. Background The photographs had been taken by an unnamed paparazzo photographer during a shopping trip in California in October 2012, and featured Mr Weller’s …   Read more