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
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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
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
Key message Due to a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), businesses will now need to review the way they transfer any personal data to the USA and consider whether they need to take further action in order to ensure that they comply with EU data privacy laws. What is the background … Read more
The High Court has held that a Banksy mural on the wall of a building belonged to the landlord, not the tenant. The mural, called “Art Buff”, appeared on the wall of an amusement arcade in Folkestone in September 2014 during an art event organised by The Creative Foundation. Dreamland rented the property, including the … Read more
Judge Hacon in the IPEC has awarded a loft conversion company additional damages of £6,000, on top of notional licence fee damages of £300, for flagrant infringement of the claimant’s photographs of its loft conversions. The photographs were taken by the owner of Absolute Lofts and were fit for purpose although not up to professional … Read more
30 years ago UK photographers were at a disadvantage compared to other creative suppliers such as illustrators or composers. Copyright in a photographer’s work automatically belonged to the client unless otherwise agreed. Thanks to lobbying by the Association of Photographers and others this was reversed in 1988. Since then, copyright in commissioned photographs has belonged … Read more
Key message Suppliers of digital content should ensure that their terms and conditions and end user licences properly reflect the new rights and remedies under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 as many of these cannot legally be excluded. What digital content does this affect? It is defined as “data produced and supplied in digital form”. … Read more
In Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd & Ors the High Court has given further guidance as to what constitutes “serious harm” under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. Background The claimant, a French national working as an aerospace engineer in the United Arab Emirates, brought libel actions against three publishers in respect of five … Read more
This article was first published on Lexis(r)PSL Commercial on 25 August 2015. Click for a free trial of Lexis(r)PSL.