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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law applies to software from 15 January download subscription

Dentons 23-Dec-2014

CASL applies to the installation of ‘computer programs’ — software, apps and other programs — on the computer or device of another person.

Global: 24 privacy authorities worldwide call for more mobile app privacy download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

The increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities.

BYOD: how to switch off this Christmas download subscription

B P Collins 19-Dec-2014

With employees increasingly using their personal mobile phones for business calls, employers must consider the legal implications of today’s ‘always on’ environment more than ever.

InCredit — new rules on credit broking fees and financial promotions; FCA webpage on rules for loan-based crowdfunding platforms; CML responds on FPC direction powers download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 18-Dec-2014

This edition includes new rules on credit broking fees, the Q3 SME lending stats and the European Banking Authority’s thoughts on credit institutions.

Top five privacy and cyber predictions download subscription

DLA Piper 18-Dec-2014

DLA Piper presents its top five countdown of privacy and cyber predictions and trends and issues for 2015 including the ‘ripple effect’ — the impact of EU data protection regulation.

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US Supreme Court to review whether a reasonable belief of patent invalidity is a defense to induced infringement download subscription

Dentons 19-Dec-2014

 The US Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the Federal Circuit’s holding in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

European patent law: fundamental reform ahead download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

The European Union member states are preparing to introduce a new European Patent with Unitary Effect and a single Unified Patent Court with divisions located throughout Europe.

Patentability of isolated nucleic acid: US vs Australia download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

Patents directed to genetic material have been t­­­­he subject of significant public discourse and legal challenge worldwide.

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Media/Entertainment/Sport Briefings

Sony Entertainment hackers silence free speech download subscription

Schillings 22-Dec-2014

When Sony announced film The Interview would not be released at all, it marked the first time that a film has been withdrawn purely because of a hack attack

UK: freedom of speech — unnamed artist to appeal publishing injunction in the Supreme Court download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

 A well-known British performing artist was granted permission to take his case to the Supreme Court, where he will appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in OPO v MLA & STL.

Important news for designers and traders in replica designs weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Dec-2014

The term of copyright protection for literary, dramatic and musical works is the creator’s life plus 70 years.

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Hate crimes and drag queens in cyber space download subscription

Collyer Bristow 10-Oct-2014

In a new book published by Harvard University Press, Hate Crimes in Cyber Space, Prof Danielle Citron lays her prescription for tackling the ‘awful internet’.

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Sony Entertainment hackers silence free speech download subscription

Schillings 22-Dec-2014

When Sony announced film The Interview would not be released at all, it marked the first time that a film has been withdrawn purely because of a hack attack

The first steps to defending reputation download subscription

Schillings 17-Dec-2014

In today’s digital age, false rumours and misinformation can quickly escalate and impact reputation like never before.

Digital privacy: is your personal information as secure as you thought? download subscription

Schillings 1-Dec-2014

When it comes to protecting sensitive personal data, it would be wrong to consider yourself less vulnerable simply because you don’t tweet or don’t have the latest apps on your smartphone.

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Litigation Briefings

High Court dismisses second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees regime download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

The High Court has dismissed UNISON’s second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees system.

ECJ confirms that obesity may be a disability download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that obesity may be a disability where it: ‘entails a limitation resulting in particular from long-term physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers’ (Fag og Arbejde (FOA), acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the ...

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Company/Commercial Briefings

Jersey private trust companies download subscription

Carey Olsen 6-Nov-2014

This briefing note considers key issues relating to the establishment and use of a Jersey PTC in the context of private wealth management.

Employment reforms ‘worrying businesses’ download subscription

B P Collins 3-Nov-2014

New employment regulations relating to shared parental leave and pensions auto-enrolment remain a major worry for UK firms, according to a survey.

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