Parenting Mobile Apps Law

So you want to develop a parenting mobile app to exploit the commercial opportunities of the mobile app on demand services market. It’s a good bet. On demand services businesses like Uber have been very successful.

A great emerging target market is that of selling convenience to modern parents particularly with their children. The majority of mothers are in work. In 2014 87.7% of families were reported to be working families. This was the highest percentage since records began in 1996. [National Archives] The largest percentage increase in working families has been among lone parents with dependent children. [Citizens Advice Bureau]

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Entertainment licensing – Nightclub director faces sentencing

PRS for Music and PPL Entertainment Licences

Owners of nightclubs, bars and pubs should pay attention to a recent case. The Phonographic Performance Ltd V Nightclub (London) Ltd [2016] EWHC 892 (Ch) case shows what can happen if venues do not have the proper licensing for recorded music.

In short, Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) applied for an injunction to stop a club owner from playing recorded music without the appropriate licence. This should have been a routine matter except the club owner ignored the PPL until it was too late.

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Data processing agreements

Mobile and Web based applications are improving businesses through smart use of technology systems to maximise product and/or service delivery. Data processing agreements legal advice has to be as smart to add value to businesses. Today possibly all information technology or businesses that use technology require data processing agreements legal advice. Applications must also interface and work with various internet services. This means back-end services. It also means data processing agreements.

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The value of trademarks

The value of trademarks like all legal matters is only illustrated when the worst happens. Until then it is difficult for an inexperienced entrepreneur to really appreciate their value. Mr Payan Tabibian is an entrepreneur, originally Iranian but with US nationality, who had an idea for a business, much like millions of other entrepreneurs around the world every day.

Mr Tabibian had an idea for a hamburger restaurant, and one of his initial tasks was to come up with a distinctive name and logo. Like millions of entrepreneurs just starting off their businesses, Mr Tabibian could not have imagined that 10 years after he thought of the Z-burger trademark, his brand name and logo would become embroiled in a legal battle worth millions.

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Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has multi-track and small claims track procedures. The small claims track procedure is particular useful to eCommerce (Internet)businesses who trade multiple branded products online and are continually victims of infringement but are put off by the prospect of long, complicated and expensive litigation. Small claims are suitable for cases of a value around £10,000 and costs are severely restricted. Damages in the multi-track procedure are limited to £500,000 and there is a cap of £50,000 on costs.

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Digital music downloads

Digital music downloads have new regulation. Those parts of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”) that relate to digital music retail – streaming and downloading, and eCommerce websites will come into force 01st October 2015.

For those eCommerce businesses (retailers including those on Amazon, EBay and other third party websites) that comply with The Consumer Contracts (information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”) governing cancellations of purchases via websites and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulation 2011 (amends the 2008 Unfair Trading Regulations) (the “2011 Regulations), the Act is to be read in conjunction with the 2013 and 2011 Regulations.

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International online marketing

International online marketing received some much needed clarification in the Sofa Workshop Case. Last Monday the 29 June 2015, his honour Judge Hacon handed down judgment in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court that should send reverberations right across the online marketing stratosphere.

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Song writing credits copyright splits?

Song writing credits copyright splits where recently clarified by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in the Touch Sensitive Case. About a month ago, on the 20 May 2015, Miss Recorder Amanda Michaels sitting as deputy enterprise judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court handed down judgment in yet another dispute issued in the IPEC regarding song writing credits and royalty splits. The case is called (1) Minder Music Limited (2) Julia Adamson -and- Steven Sharples [2015] EWHC 1454 Minder Music Limited was the first claimant, Julia Adamson the second and Steven Sharples the defendant.

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Online fashion industry

The online fashion industry is an area of specialisation at our firm and the purpose of this article is to provide a few relevant contractual starting points for fashion entrepreneurs, that they might chose to get further advice on, to set them apart from the rest.

When setting up a business in the fashion industry, there are a variety of legal challenges many businesses could inevitably face. As the fashion industry covers a broad spectrum of organisations, from online retailers to modelling agencies and everything in-between, the issues that may arise will vary depending on the type of establishment. We have come across all of these issues first hand, and we will cover some of the most common in this brief guide.

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Photographs

Photographs are a very important part of the digital world. Electronic photographs are included in the definition of photographs in s 4(2) of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (the “Act”). At PAIL® Solicitors we are proud to say that we work with a group of crazy creatives, who can budget for our services, which includes photographers. We want to share some tips with photographers out there for a minute. You love photographs, and you want to be this amazing photographer who works for yourself, or to partner with a graphic designer, and/or writer to create a design and consulting creative agency, or some other kind of service.

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