Internet Slander

Internet slander is when a person or a group of people use the Internet to falsely vilify; libel; slander; spread malicious gossip and/or to harass others. They usually do it either to gain a competitive advantage or to settle a score or through pure malevolence due to envy. These people have established certain patterns of behaviour. Below are a few tips in dealing with Internet slander should you have the misfortune of becoming a victim.

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Music royalties

Music royalties and copyright are the music industry’s currency. Although the concept of copyright and music royalties might appear straightforward, in fact the development and adjustments of music copyright, and licensing systems has changed significantly over the years. And although much of the traditional legal framework is still in place the music industry has and is undergoing significant changes.

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Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement is the subject matter of this article. Certain comments by Newey J, further to an application brought by the claimant in the case below are of interest to those who specialise in copyright matters. In giving judgment he commented that a copyright infringer was more akin to a trespasser than a thief. It is of some general interest because the words – “theft” , “piracy” and “stealing” are commonly used when referring to copyright infringement. So despite this being a slightly dated Judgment, taking place at the beginning of this year, for copyright infringement enthusiasts everywhere, I decided to review the case.

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Trademark litigation

Two of the most important aspects of trademark litigation are reputation and confusion. Thsi is because almost every trademark litigation will involve some kind of dispute about either reputation or confusion or both.

That makes surveys a very important element that can influence the outcome of a trademark litigation suit. Trade mark surveys are complex and typically require an expert survey team. However here are 10 tips to bear in mind when conducting a trademark litigation survey.

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Intellectual Property Indemnity

The importance of an intellectual property indemnity clause in a commercial contract?

My latest case review is a little late in being written up due to my work load but here goes. It’s the recent case in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, of, (1st Claimant) Data Marketing & Secretarial Limited (DMSL), (2nd Claimant) Winning Deals Limited (WDL) – and – (1st Defendant) S&S Enterprises Limited (SSEL), (2nd Defendant) Selective Marketplace Limited (SML), heard on the 08th April 2014. Judgment was handed down by His Honour Judge Hacon on 16/05/2014.

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