This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 03 February 2015

Popular beat artist Robin Thicke made headlines last year with a really very catchy tune and some really very unfortunate lyrics. We looked them up for the purposes of this email and quite apart from the sexism, there are some crimes against language in there. “In a hundred years not dare, would I / Pull a Pharside let you pass me by” – what does that even mean?

How the boy Thicke’s career will progress after widespread castigation remains to be seen but it won’t be helped that the song in question – Blurred Lines – is now the subject of a plagiarism dispute, with the family of Marvin Gaye asserting that it bears uncanny similarities to Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up’. Now that’s real music, probably. The case is due to go to trial in LA on 10 February, when a jury will be instructed to decide the case by analysing sheet music rather than by listening to the tracks in question. Collyer Bristow has produced an interesting briefing on past music copyright disputes and the issues at play. Click here for more information. I know you want to.

The Lawyer’s news desk has become marginally less fashionable since the departure of our litigation reporter at the end of last year, but even the motley bunch that remain are aware that wearable technology is hot right now. For now it’s mainly Google watches rather than our own personal preference of top hats with laser guns attached, but give it time.

New tech inevitably brings new problems. What happens when wearable technology enters the workplace? There are employment law, data protection and IT implications to consider, among others. Kemp Little looks into some of the key points: click here for more information.

Some people never throw anything away just in case it comes in handy, and that applies to data as much as material possessions, which is why the oldest email in your inbox is probably a 2002 invitation from someone inviting you to join Friendster. It’s not just individuals who are guilty of this – according to new research from PwC, over a third of organisations retain information ‘just in case’. But is this a good idea? PwC’s briefing looks at the value of big data along with the risks of retaining too much information. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Gateley: Tweeting hell!Download
PwC: PwC discusses the merits of keeping data ‘just in case’Download
Kemp Little: Wearable technology in the workplaceDownload
Collyer Bristow: Blurred Lines: music copyright disputesDownload
Dentons: US hedge fund manager issues threat to Big Pharma patent portfoliosDownload
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Top five briefings by practice area
Banking: Update on the retail banking investigationDownload
Company: Companies hit by rise in profit warningsDownload
Employment: The Smith Commission: draft Scotland clausesDownload
Intellectual property: Government blows hot and cold on wind projectsDownload
Litigation: Liability of registrar of companies in negligenceDownload
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Top five briefings by region
Asia-Pacific: Australian tax issues for global M&A transactionsDownload
Middle East & Africa: M&A diligence: where multiple agreements govern an arrangement, which terms prevail?Download
Offshore: No solvency test for payment of redemptions from Cayman funds?Download
UK & Europe: Government blows hot and cold on wind projectsDownload
US & The Americas: Five golden rules for accountability on privacy and cyber securityDownload
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