UK Intellectual Property Office copyright guidance on use of images on the web - Commentary by Graham Smith

The IPO today released a copyright notice giving guidance to small businesses and individuals who may wish to use digital or photographic images on the web. It also provides advice for people who may find their own images being used online. Graham Smith, a partner at leading law firm Bird & Bird, comments:

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European Commission awards Bird & Bird's EU & Competition team in Brussels a major contract

The European Commission has awarded Bird & Bird Brussels EU & Competition team a contract worth €2.75 million to study the impact of EU state aid legislation on Research & Development.

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IP and IT Law Bytes: Databases: Dedicated meta search engines

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that using a dedicated meta search engine can, in certain circumstances, amount to re-utilisation of the contents of a database under Article 7(2)(b) of the Database Directive (96/9/EC) (the Directive).

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European Cybersecurity Directive moves closer to becoming a reality

The European Union's draft directive regarding network and information security ("the Directive") took one step closer to becoming law on 23 January 2014, when the Parliamentary Committee overseeing the development of the legislation voted to adopt a set of Compromise Amendments which will now move forward to a full vote by the European Parliament in a plenary session on 10 March 2014. If the Parliament votes in favour, this draft of the Directive will be negotiated with the European Commission and the Council.

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