“Boldness be my Friend”…or a Motif for the Next Communications Act
DCMS Secretary Jeremy Hunt used this Shakespearean adage to introduce his shopping list for the next Communications Act at the recent RTS Convention. In this article, Head of Media, Paul Herbert examines the content of his speech to the Convention.
Hollywood in Attempt to Force BT to Block Access to Newzbin2
ISPs come under fire in Hollywood's attempts to curb online piracy. Judgment is awaited in the Motion Picture Association's application to force BT to block access to a website alleged to host unlicensed copyright material.
Overhaul of UK IP Laws on the Way
Read more about the key recommendations in Professor Ian Hargreaves report
Month of Media Law Mayhem for Mosley and Friends
May has unquestionably been a month of swings and roundabouts for UK privacy law enthusiasts. As media outcry soars we take a closer look at recent developments relating to “super injunctions” including the unprecedented ban on publishing case details on Twitter and Facebook.
Advertising Ban During the Royal Wedding Television Coverage
Ofcom has ruled that ITV cannot schedule television advertising during the Royal Wedding.
The Defamation Bill
The draft Defamation Bill proposes to herald the death of libel tourism and seeks to preserve and promote freedom of expression by establishing a new minimum threshold for seriousness in defamation cases.
Product Placement Logo for Television Programmes Launched
Ofcom has unveiled the logo which must be applied to all UK made programmes containing product placement. Broadcasters must alert viewers to the presence of paid-for commercial references by displaying the logo at the beginning, end and after any advertising breaks. Product placement will be allowed in British television programmes for the first time from 28 February 2011.
The longstanding prohibition on product placement in British television programmes will be lifted on 28 February 2011, when the revised Ofcom Broadcasting Code comes into force. Placement of commercial products will be subject to various restrictions, and the ban will remain in place in respect of certain programme genres and products.
Goodman Derrick Appears in the Top Ranks in Chambers Again
The latest edition of Chambers, the independent guide to the legal profession, has just been published. Goodman Derrick has been recognized and praised for its expertise and once again the firm appears in the upper rankings.
The Digital Economy Act 2010
The ink is barely dry on the pages of The Digital Economy Act 2010 and yet its legality is already being questioned. Two of the ISPs, BT and Talk Talk have announced their intention to seek a Judicial Review of the Act on the grounds that it was subject to insufficient parliamentary scrutiny and is not ECHR compliant.
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