Smooth moves – can a dance move be protected by copyright?

February 11, 2019

Since its launch in 2017, the video game Fortnite has exploded in popularity.  The game itself is free to play, but the developer and publisher, Epic Games, monetises it by selling costumes for characters within the game, as well as animated dance moves – otherwise known as “emotes”. Background In December 2018, Russell Horning (otherwise… Read more »

Employment Department – Winter Briefing – January 2019

February 7, 2019

Welcome to the Employment Department Winter 2018_19 Briefing.  In this edition we look at GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORT DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION – CAN ADVANTAGEOUS TREATMENT BE UNFAVOURABLE IF IT COULD HAVE BEEN EVEN MORE ADVANTAGEOUS? AFTER-PARTIES AND THE POTENTIAL AFTERMATH If you would like to discuss any of the points raised, please get in… Read more »

Gideon Benaim listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100

January 29, 2019

We are pleased to announce that, the firm’s head of reputation, and leader in his field, has been listed in the The Lawyer’s Hot 100. Gideon Benaim has been praised for his work on the privacy case for Sir Cliff Richard. See here. Gideon Benaim said: “It’s fantastic to be included in the Hot 100. The case was… Read more »

Businessman named despite media ban – raising a question of privilege

December 6, 2018

In a remarkable case of reliance on parliamentary privilege, a prominent businessman has been named by Lord Hain as the executive behind an injunction against the Telegraph newspaper. Speaking under parliamentary privilege in the House of Lords, Lord Hain claimed that it was in the public interest to reveal his identity.  By side-stepping the anonymity… Read more »

OWNERSHIP AND INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT IN GREETING CARD DESIGNS

December 5, 2018

In the judgment of this Intellectual Property Enterprise Court case, the judge dealt with both issues of copyright ownership and authorship in the designs of greeting cards. Business impact This case serves as a reminder that the language of any assignment of intellectual property should not only be clear but also properly assigns the intellectual… Read more »

UNAUTHORISED RE-POSTING OF PROTECTED CONTENT MAY BE AN INFRINGEMENT

December 5, 2018

Re-posting a work protected by copyright without authorisation is a communication to the public so can infringe. Business impact Businesses whose websites are hosting photographs, videos and other third-party content would be advised to proceed with caution – particularly in situations where a licence agreement hasn’t been entered into with the rights holder.  It is… Read more »

OFFENSIVE CONTENT POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE PROSECUTED

December 5, 2018

Every day millions of messages are sent via social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest, including photos, texts and videos.  The free and easy way in which people can post often makes it feel outside of the law; certainly most members of the public probably do not consider that they… Read more »

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS AMENDED EU COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

December 5, 2018

In its second reading, the amended EU Copyright Directive was adopted by the European Parliament with amendments to both Article 11 and Article 13. Business impact User-generated content such as remixes could technically be viewed as infringing copyright as a result of the adopted amendments.  Moreover, YouTube and other platforms could be liable for such… Read more »