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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Drone!

From self-repairing cities to transforming cinematic and television experiences, drones are becoming increasingly prevalent. To ensure their safe and proper use in the UK, the Government launched its consultation on 21 December 2016, ‘Unlocking the UK’s high tech economy: consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK’ (Consultation). Those who wish to voice […]

The Legal Cost of Personalised Shopping

Drone deliveries, self-lacing sneakers, digital mirrors, shoes that help you feel the virtual reality world you’re walking in – welcome to 2017. These were some of the highlights at the Consumers Electronic Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas. Advances in consumer technology are transforming our lives. Many retail companies realising the importance of technology are […]

Skating On Thin Ice: penalties for website owners and keyboard warriors

The recent decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Delfi SA v. Estonia, Application no. 64569/09, 16 June 2015, is helpful in confirming the rules surrounding when and why website operators can be held liable for content posted on their websites by their users. The area of liability for […]

A Legal perspective on Open Source and IPR – Cost and Time Efficiencies or a Faustian Pact?

Well that depends!  If the relevant governing licence is benign then it may be a “win-win” situation enabling you to save money and time on software development without having to comply with any disadvantageous conditions relating to Intellectual Property rights or otherwise. However, if the governing licence is less liberal, you may end up feeling […]

Don’t sign that! – Spotify shows you how a lawyer can help you make money

On Wednesday Spotify announced a whole new raft of services for its users; video streaming, podcasts, and an extremely impressive ‘running mode’ (from a tech-geek’s point of view anyway… I’m certainly no great runner). The first of those two features didn’t come as great surprises and pundits (including yours truly) were all over the news […]

Browsing Without Licence – Logic Prevails but Limitations Remain

Fortunately, for all of us and, in particular, online service providers logic has prevailed. The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has rejected the idea that, without express copyright owner consent, copyright is infringed every time an internet user browses the internet and opens and peruses a website directly from the main server or […]

Misuse of private information – anonymised tracking, profiling and targeting

Whilst the Data Protection Act 1998 and E-Privacy Directive go a long way to preventing the abuse of personal data, the regime is far from watertight. The adtech industry makes extensive use of “anonymous” tracking to study the browsing activities of consumers and then serve them relevant contextual ads. It is hard to demarcate precisely […]

Crowdfunding: A quick guide to the new restrictions and protections

A set of new consumer protections are due to come into force on 01 April 2014. New restrictions will apply to two types of crowdfunding – loan-based (lending to individuals or businesses in exchange for interest payment and capital repayment) and investment (equity) based (typically in companies in exchange for shares, debt securities or other “non-readily realisable assets”). The […]

Data Protection Revisited – Hacking, Leaking and Cloud Concerns in 2014

Hardly a day goes by without a new story about another cyber-attack, leaked or hacked passwords or log-ins. The 7th principle of the Data Protection Act 1998 mandates that “Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, […]

Don’t shoot the messenger: Internet middlemen on the hook for actions of illegal website operators

Internet Service Providers could find themselves incurring substantial expense in protecting the copyright interests of others. Websites that exist beneath the radar of detection and infringe the copyright of others such as those that offer unlawful music downloads and streaming are likely escape scot free while ISPs are left to pick up the bill. A […]