Arcade fire – Tombola game ads in breach of gambling rules

April 23, 2019

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads for a Tombola arcade game in an I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here app breached CAP Code rules on gambling, as they were likely to be used by under-18s. In its ruling,[1] the ASA said that, even though the app was neither directed nor targeted… Read more »

The Kraftwerk case – does a two-second sample infringe copyright?

March 12, 2019

Advocate General Szpunar has provided a thought-provoking opinion in a case on sampling.[1]  Sampling involves taking a sample of a sound recording for use as an element (which is often repeated as a hook or loop) in a new sound recording.  The German Federal Court of Justice[2] referred several questions to the Court of Justice… Read more »

Rebalance Artist Announcement

March 7, 2019

As a proud official partner of ReBalance, Simkins LLP is delighted to share the news that ReBalance have announced the programme’s first three finalists for 2019.  The finalists are Lady Sanity, Luna, and Martha Hill. The ReBalance programme is developed by Festival Republic and the PRS Foundation to address gender imbalance within the music industry. … Read more »

Playboy Club granted permission to bring unprecedented damages claim

February 22, 2019

In a judgment delivered by the High Court on Thursday, 21 February, Playboy Club London Limited (Club) has been granted permission to amend its claim for deceit (civil fraud) against Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SpA (BNL) to claim as damages its costs incurred in an earlier negligence action against the same defendant. The judgment is… Read more »

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 »