A legal perspective on rated website content

So you want to set up a website which includes rated video blogs; live camera footage; and photographs. Here are some of the important issues to consider to keep your website on the right side of the law.

1. First and foremost in relation to children: it is of the highest importance that you actively protect children. It is recommended that you work with the police to help to prosecute any users that might be involved in harming children. The Protection of Children Act 1978 sets out the UK law. Other countries have their own stringent laws with regards to the exploitation of children.

Read more


Data Protection Privacy Lawyers

Data Protection Privacy Lawyers review the revised ePrivacy directive that amends the:

Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications, which will be implemented on the 25 May 2011.

Essentially, the amendments are designed to bring improvement to the transparency and protection of privacy and personal data of Europeans in the online space.

The areas concerned are security breaches, spyware, cookies, enforcement of the rules and spam. The key changes:

1. Crossborder cooperation is improved with the UK information commission.

2. Anybody including an ISP will be able to bring legal proceedings against spammers.

3. Reinforcement of protection against data attributes and interception of user`s communications through (e.g. spyware & cookies) have been strengthened through the opt-in mechanism. In other words, explicit consent must be obtained before a website stores, collects, or uses data relating to users.

Read more

IP Protection

A major future challenge faced by online intellectual property protection lawyers, politicians and economists is property in the digital age. Digital media ownership is high priority for the stakeholders in the so called information age. Traditional intellectual property lawyers apply the law to the environment. Whereas with online intellectual property protection lawyers one must apply the environment to the law. In other words you should ask “how does the disruptive nature of the digital environment affect the existing rule of law, if at all?”

Read more

5 tips domain name disputes

5 tips domain name disputes

Here are 5 tips domain name disputes.

1. 5 tips domain name disputes – Starting point – Generally, a holder of a domain name and the holder of a trade mark to that name can have equal entitlement (except when the brand name is so established that a domain is no longer just an address).

Read more

Company online harassment

Company online harassment?

PAIL® Solicitors specialists in online anti-social behaviour cases review whether company online harassment is possible

In Kosar v. Bank of Scotland Plc [t/a Halifax]: QBD [Admin] [Mr Justice Silber]: 18 January 2011:

The appellant (Kosar) appealed against a district judge`s decision that the offence of harassment under section 2[1] of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 could only be committed by a person who was an individual against another individual person. The judges allowed the appeal. That is to say, they held that a Company can be a person for the purposes of the Act when they are the perpetrators of harassment but not as victims of harassment.

Read more


1. Criminal Online Harassment – is conduct meant to cause distress. In online defamation, online copyright infringement and breach of privacy cases there is no need for the conduct to be distressing. Online harassment can be conduct that causes financial hardship, or mental suffering. The conduct should have a threatening or troubling aspect. In criminal law if found guilty, the offender may both be charged under s. 2, of the Protection from harassment Act 1997 (“the Act”), which carries a maximum six months in jail, and may be issued with a restraining order under s. 5, which if breached may lead to five years jail time. Additionally, Cyberstalking may also lead to prosecutions under the Malicious Communications Act 1988, the Communications Act 2003, and s. 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

Read more

Internet Solicitors

lnternet Solicitors have a set of skills acquired through experience in legal practice and continuous study that allows them to identify, analyse, and find the appropriate solution to an Internet related legal problems. With this in mind we thought that it would be helpful to list 7 tips on instructing lnternet Solicitors you find via a search engine or Google ads on the Internet.

Read more


Online libel lawyers

Online libel lawyers – The Demon Case

The first reported UK Internet defamation case was Godfrey v Demon Internet Limited in 1999. Since then unwarranted and unkind slander on UK websites has been prolific.

Read more

Child Modelling

Under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 a child aged fifteen or under cannot be engaged for paid modelling work unless the model agency obtains a children’s performance license from the local authority in the locality where the child resides.

Read more

The Defamation Bill

The defamation bill of Lord Lester of Herne Hill, QC (“the Bill”) was published on the 27 May 2010. The press release to the bill states that the bill “seeks to reduce the chilling effect on freedom of expression and recourse to self censorship that results from the vagueness and uncertainty of the present law. It also aims to encourage the free exchange of ideas and information, whilst providing an effective and proportionate remedy to anyone whose reputation is unfairly damaged”.

Read more

Website Contracts

Website Contracts Lawyers

Website Contracts Lawyers discuss web content feed agreements and affiliate agreements

1. The seminal law is the:

Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (Directive on electronic commerce).Particularly, the safe harbour provisions under Articles 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Read more

Copyright Recorded Music

This report discusses the future of copyright recorded music law in relation to the recorded music industry. The way we access, produce, distribute, store and consume recorded music has changed dramatically with the introduction of the internet. This change has meant that the current copyright laws have to be brought in line with the consumer`s change in perception of choice and access to recorded music. Adapting copyright law to meet the perception of choice and access to recorded music is proving controversial.

Read more