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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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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Modelling contracts

10 good reasons for modelling contracts between model agencies and other mother agencies; model agencies and models; and model agencies and clients that book models are:

1. A photographer introduced to the model can contact the model directly to take images. Such images may be commercially exploited leaving the model agency out of the loop.

2. Clients introduced to a model by an agency may contact the model directly cutting out the model agency.

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Social media privacy

Social media lawyers – privacy. This social media lawyers privacy article is primarily concerned with the balance between social media privacy and the right of self expression. Social media privacy is guaranteed by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950

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Bloggers Defamation

Bloggers Defamation

The following is a recommended bloggers defamation code of ethics by Daniel J. Solove, Associate professor, George Washington University Law School

1. People should delete offensive comments quickly if asked.

2. People should ask permission before speaking about others private lives.

3. Someone who speaks about another’s private life without her consent should take steps to conceal her identity.

4. People should avoid posting pictures of other people without getting their consent.

5. People should avoid Internet shaming.

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Modelling Agencies

What modelling agencies do is a mystery to most people. My fashion modelling career started at the tender age of 14. After finishing in the top five, in a country wide modelling contest, I began strutting my stuff in Milan and Berlin for Gucci and Agent Provocateur. But I still had no idea how a modelling agency actually worked. I decided to quit modelling when I met my husband. It will always be a delightful time of my life.

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Design Rights

Two recent interesting cases in the Patents County Court are worth noting by design copyright infringement lawyers because they expand on the issues of: sub-conscious copying; access and similarity, which arise almost routinely in copyright actions. They are Michael Mitchell and British Broadcasting Corporation [2011] EWPCC 42 before His Honour Judge Birss QC and (1) Paul Hodgson (2) Michael Jarvie (Claimants) and (1) Andrew Isaac (2) Notting Hill Studios Ltd (Defendants) before His Honour Judge Birss QC [2011] EWPCC 42. Both actions were for copyright infringement. And in both cases there were litigants in person. Mitchell represented himself and Andrew Isaac represented himself and the other defendant.

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Book Adaptation

Book Adaptation Copyright Lawyers

PAIL® Solicitors specialist book adaptation copyright lawyers review the unauthorised adaptation of a copyright protected book to a screenplay

(1) Paul Hodgson (2) Michael Jarvie (Claimants) and (1) Andrew Isaac (2) Notting Hill Studios Ltd (Defendants) before His Honour Judge Birss QC [2011] EWPCC 42.

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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?”

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