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Video: The UK’s Industrial Strategy green paper – what does this mean for the...

  Following the publication of the Government's Green Paper on Industrial Strategy earlier this year, we've produced this short video focussing on the UK's creative industries and their role within this important...
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SXSW 2017 – our roving reporter discusses the highlights

Just back from an incredible week at South by South West in Austin. After the encounter with conversational robots from my previous post (the robots made the front page of USA...

‘Compensation’ versus ‘punishment’ in Polish copyright – a major court ruling ahead

Copyright enforcement laws specify the remedies that rights holders can demand in cases of copyright infringement. These include demands to cease the infringement, to compensate for the loss, and to apologise....

The ins and outs of geoblocking

Geoblocking has become a controversial topic... The European Commission sees unjustified geoblocking as an impediment to the Digital Single Market, whilst there is a broader perception that it contributes to an...
Music: My other hobby

Consent decree game changer? Music licensing developments in the US…

It all started in 2014 when the DOJ initiated a review of the antitrust consent decrees regulating the activities of the two largest music performance rights organisations (PROs) in the United...

Open Wi-Fi and copyright – the CJEU McFadden decision

Open Wi-Fi and copyright - the CJEU McFadden decision The CJEU yesterday delivered its judgment in McFadden, concerning the liability for user copyright infringement of a shop providing free Wi-Fi. The CJEU...

The Apprenticeship Levy – how will it affect the media industry?

The Apprenticeship Levy – how will it affect the media industry? What is the levy? From 6 April 2017, all employers with an annual pay bill over £3 million will be required to...

Newsflash: Singapore Government launches public consultation on proposed changes to copyright regime

The Ministry of Law has launched a public consultation to seek views on proposed changes to Singapore's copyright regime.  As the last major overhaul of the Singapore Copyright Act was in...

The Music Industry: The State of Play

Few other industries can have been as profoundly influenced, affected and reshaped by recent social and technological changes as the music industry. The decline of physical sales and struggles to adapt...

Sound familiar? Music copyright disputes coming back into focus

This week, a US district court jury cleared Led Zeppelin of claims that their iconic song Stairway to Heaven was copied from an earlier, lesser known, work, Taurus by Spirit. It...

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Top of the league: How football clubs protect and exploit their...

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicked off on August 11th and the revenues of the league and its football clubs continue to go from strength...

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