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  • Wednesday to mark watershed in EU data protection legislation

    Proposals for the revision of the EU's data protection laws are set to be announced on Wednesday in a reform of the outdated 1995 data protection law.

    In a speech at the DLD conference of tech industry leaders in Munich, Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission, said that the new legislation was designed not only to protect consumers, but to reduce bureaucracy for businesses, "Only if consumers trust their data is protected will they entrust companies with it...In Europe we have too many rules, conflicting rules." She emphasised that the current system is costing businesses €2.3 billion a ...

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  • What to watch in 2012

    2012 is set to be a busy year with celebrations for the Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee taking place.  However, the IP and media world's focus will be on the following issues over the coming 12 months:

     

    Ambush Marketing - The Olympic year has arrived and a number of businesses will be looking to take advantage of the Olympics in their advertising and marketing campaigns over the upcoming months.  We will be keeping a close eye on how LOCOG deal with businesses that fall foul of the rules governing ambush marketing. For more information on ambush marketing see our blog ...

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  • Journalists granted the right to Tweet in court

    The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge announced that journalists can "Twitter as much as you wish" live from court.  He has issued guidance which allows journalists to report live from Court using emails, texts or social media without applying for permission.  The guidance can be viewed here.

    The guidance, which takes immediate effect, only extends to reporters or legal commentators.  Members of the public still having to obtain permission if they want to use mobile devices in court due to concerns that witnesses or jurors could be influenced or distracted. 

    Lord Judge said "A fundamental aspect of the proper ...

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  • No reason for football clubs to ban players using Twitter

    Following reports today of Newcastle United F.C. issuing legal letters to players, stating they will potentially be in breach of their contracts if the use social networking sites such as Twitter, City law firm Lawrence Graham's head of Sport, Harry Karaolou, commented:

     

    "As long as the players agree not to discuss team affairs or bring the club or the game into disrepute, there is no reason for clubs to try to impose a complete ban on Twitter.

     

    "The announcement by Newcastle is disappointing if not surprising, especially considering Twitter has emerged as the forum of choice for enabling ...

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  • Spotlight on Spotify...

    We recently reported that illegal downloads of music are still on the increase in the UK. However, one company is taking steps to combat copyright infringement by offering a simple and social way to streamline music, legally.

    Spotify have come up with the novel concept of allowing consumers to stream music for free and paying artists through revenue created by adverts. It also now offers a subscription based service. With access to over 15 million tracks, it is reported that as many as 10 million people in seven countries in Europe have now signed up.

    Last week the service finally ...

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  • Paypal pays price for customer dissatisfaction

    It has been reported that Paypal's UK Twitter account has been hacked by a disgruntled customer who went on to post a series of angry tweets complaining about the company's services.

    The hacker posted a number of tweets criticising Paypal's services, specifically they claimed that Paypal froze customer accounts for no reason. The hacker used some very colourful language to get across their message of dissatisfaction. In addition, the hacker set out to humiliate Paypal by linking its Twitter account to the website paypalsucks.com, which claims to be "an anti paypal site exposing the nightmare of doing business 'the Paypal ...

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  • The ICO faces up to Facebook about photo-tagging

    Facebook has hit the headlines again by changing its policy of using facial recognition software without informing users. 

    It has been reported that the Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") is in talks with Facebook about the privacy implications of its latest photo-tagging technology "Tag Suggestions".  A spokesman for the ICO has said "We would expect Facebook to be upfront about how people's personal information is being used.  The privacy issues that this new software might raise are obvious."

    "Tag Suggestions" is a photo-tagging system which uses facial recognition software to identify users from photos they upload, the system  then ...

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  • Social media valuations continue to soar

    Is 2011 the year that Internet companies return to the stock exchanges?  Following the hugely successful listing of LinkedIn's shares on the New York Stock Exchange, reports are suggesting that Groupon will follow this lead and float later this year.

    It is almost ten years since the last dot com bubble burst and with it, the ability for companies to raise their share price astronomically by announcing an Internet strategy.  The number of pure-Internet initial public offerings ("IPOs") have fallen dramatically in the last 10 years, but perhaps this is about to change.

    LinkedIn's shares floated with much fanfare last month ...

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  • RFU and Viagogo in ticket scrum

    Last week we reported on the case of a famous footballer obtaining a court order against Twitter forcing it to disclose the names and contact details of its users who flouted an injunction protecting the identity of the footballer.  See our blog here.

    This type of disclosure order is gaining popularity in relation to anonymous internet users and is being used as a means of unmasking the identity of such internet users with a view to taking further action.

    In April 2011, the High Court made a landmark decision which could assist UK sports and events promoters in pursuing ...

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  • Twitter and Facebook specifically named in injunction

    The furore around the development of the UK's law on privacy is still going strong. In a swift chain of events, a footballer who obtained a privacy injunction filed an action against Twitter Inc and Persons Unknown (read our blog here), tweets attempting to circumnavigate the court's privacy order went sky high and then MP John Hemming released the footballer's identity in Parliament yesterday, protected by Parliamentary privilege. He said that it would be impractical to imprison 75,000 Twitter users who had named the player.  

    Alongside this high profile case, another case relating to the use of Twitter ...

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