Month: December 2003

The Doc Martens logo case: who gets the copyright?

In a colourful judgment laced with curious details about the improbable Dr Martens brand – whose functional boots, incorporating soles originally sold to elderly German women with foot trouble, have been enthusiastically adopted by a diverse market in over 78 countries including policemen, skinheads, the Rt Hon Tony Benn and feisty teenage girls – Peter …   Read more

New UK co-production guidelines

New guidelines for official UK film co-production have recently been issued by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  These will affect all applications made by UK co-producers on or after 5 January 2004 seeking to have their films qualify as British under one of the seven bilateral co-production treaties with the UK (France, Germany, …   Read more

Club v Country: The case of Carlos Tevez hands advantage to the clubs

The repercussions of the Carlos Tevez case (referred to last week by FIFA President Sepp Blatter) are likely to be felt throughout sport in the coming months. The facts of this case are very simple: Tevez, the young sensation of Argentinean football currently playing for Boca Juniors, was called up for national duty in the …   Read more

The Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive – Part II

Following up on our April 2003 early warning, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 are now set to come into force on 11 December 2003. The fundamental tenets of the regulations remain unchanged following the government’s consultation earlier this year, but the now imminent new law is significant for marketers in a …   Read more