UK IP Watchdog Relaunched Following Funding Cut

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the UK’s anti-piracy body has been re-launched through an expansion of its intellectual property (IP) protection services.

FACT, which has a reputation for combatting film and television piracy, has expanded its IP protection to tackle video game, music and leisure industry piracy.

Kieron Sharp, a director at FACT, said it will look into working with “smaller audio-visual producers and non-AV IP sectors such as games, music and leisure.”

Despite FACT’s change of focus, the UK’s leading IP protection organisation claims that its strategic and tactical solutions are specifically designed to prevent and/or limit all forms of IP crime.

Following FACT’s expansion of their protection services in the audio-visual industry, FACT’s chairman, Mike Barley, claimed “we are about to embark on a new and exciting chapter for FACT which offers great opportunities to intellectual property rights holders both in the UK and overseas.”


Resolution updates its Code to reflect changes to family law proceedings

amily law association Resolution this week confirmed it has overhauled its Code of Practice.

The organisation, which promotes resolving family matters in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, said that it had decided to update its code to better reflect today’s legal system.

National chairman Nigel Shepherd said that the change – announced to coincide with the organisation’s annual Good Divorce Week – was a “significant development” in Resolution’s history.

“When we first began in the 1980s, the world of family justice was very different,” he said. “If you were getting divorced, you almost always ended up in court, and it was invariably acrimonious.

“Now the environment in which we all work is changing beyond recognition and our Code needed to be updated in order to reflect the way in which all our members support people.

“I’m proud of the way our members have come together to draft and launch this new Code, which for the first time now also explains to the public how the Code helps them.”

To promote the adoption of the new wording, Resolution members this week took  to social media to share in their own words what being part of the organisation meant to them.

Mr Shepherd added: “The new Code is an important step forward for our organisation, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting our members, and the clients they help, to promote those values espoused by [founder] John Cornwell and others more than 30 years ago.”

Resolution takes its campaign to Parliament

A delegation from the family law association Resolution travelled to Westminster yesterday to make their case for MPs to legislate for no-fault divorce.

150 members visited Parliament to set out their case for a change in the law, discussing their concerns about the current regime with representatives from both the House of Commons and the Lords.

Resolution has long argued that the current system, which often results in a party having to attribute blame even if they don’t want to, tends to increase arguments and makes an acrimonious break-up more likely.

The campaign for change has the support of a number of senior members of the judiciary and was recently the topic of a Commons briefing paper, but successive administrations have shown little appetite for pushing through a change in the law.

Nigel Shepherd, Resolution’s national chairman, said it was quite clear that the current legislation was “not fit” for modern society.

“Divorce is already difficult enough, we don’t need it being made harder by the law pushing couples into conflicts and arguments,” he said.

“For so many to descend on Parliament to lobby MPs and Peers shows that it is time for politicians to act, and bring an end to the blame game.”

Suzy Shepherd, who recently divorced her husband of 14 years, is among those who have expressed their dissatisfaction with current arrangements.

She felt that her only choice was to cite “unreasonable behaviour” on the divorce forms, which she wasn’t comfortable with. Her experience has convinced her that a new option of “irreconcilable differences” should be recognised under UK law.

“Our split was almost entirely amicable, once we decided to part, right up to the point where we had to legally apportion blame in order to be able to divorce. My husband did behave unreasonably at times as the relationship broke down, but so did I.

“You have to cite examples of the other person’s bad behaviour, so it dredged up a lot of unpleasant memories and issues at a time when we were trying our utmost to keep things on an even keel for ourselves and our children.

“If we could have just had the dignity of a no-fault divorce I think it would have helped a lot to soothe this painful experience.”