Our interaction with the internet is an all-time high and as consumers reliance on it for delivery of services and products and for income generation continues to increase. The monetisation of IP throughout internet usage has increased exponentially in recent times and so the protection required for consumers and creatives has undergone a much needed overhaul in recent times and for creatives, the introduction of the new snappily titled European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was hoped to update existing copyright laws for the internet age to afford greater protection.
Recently, I have found many of my friends choosing to ‘move in’ with their respective partners for the first time in their lives. I’m sure you also have come across this trend at some point in your life too. It may have been a friend, a family member, or it may even be yourself!
The arrest of, and charges brought against, Adnan Ahmed or “Addy A-Game” highlight the dangers of secret filming of individuals. Filming in public places is commonplace and all of us are likely to be captured on camera at some point without our knowledge or consent.
With a significant portion of attention focused on the potential problems which UK companies will face in the event of a hard-Brexit, it is important to note that these changes are not just a British problem. In fact, many EU companies could potentially experience a far more significant impact and, as just published, some countries, like Germany, are making their own preparations in an effort to soften the repercussions.
When many of us were busy stuffing the turkey, wrapping parcels and putting the last minute Christmas preparations in place, there were some significant legislative developments in the personal injury sector which you might have missed amongst the festivities. In the week before Christmas, the Civil Liabilities Bill (applicable to England and Wales only) received Royal Assent from Westminster and the Prescription (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent from the Scottish Parliament. January seems a fitting time to look at the progress of the various pieces of legislation through Parliament.