Month: October 1999

FIFA bonding scheme to be investigated

The recent announcement that the European Commission is to launch an investigation into FIFA’s bonding scheme for agents looks like good news for agents. This may not be the case. At the moment, agents can bid up the “resale” value of a contracted player who wants to move as a means of getting his club …   Read more

Scanning photos infringes copyright

The Nevada District Court has confirmed that the scanning of photographs into a computer will infringe copyright, even if the image only has a brief existence in the computer’s RAM. Tiffany Design Inc produced an aerial photograph of the Las Vegas Strip. Another company, Reno-Tahoe Specialty, produced its own digitally altered photographic image of the …   Read more

Recent changes to unfair dismissal law

With effect from 1 June this year the period of qualifying employment before an employee can bring a claim for unfair dismissal has been reduced from two years to one year. The Government is expected shortly to implement the provisions in the Employment Relations Act 1999 which will increase the maximum award an Employment Tribunal …   Read more

Chuck Gentile demolishes building trade mark claim

American photographer Chuck Gentile has won a landmark victory against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose museum is registered in the US as a trade mark. An American court has dismissed the museum’s claim against Gentile, who produced posters of the building captioned with the words Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also …   Read more

The Argos case: caveat vendor

On-line retailer Argos has landed itself in trouble after it inadvertently advertised television sets at a price of £2.99 instead of the actual price of £299.  Argos was deluged with orders which, according to some reports, were worth over £1m and included an order from one person for 1,700 sets. Not surprisingly, Argos is refusing …   Read more