Intellectual Property | Facebook Shore Up Legal Defences With Patent Purchase

One of the world’s biggest social networking website, Facebook, has shored up its legal defences by buying 750 technology patents from IBM, according to reports.

It is believed the latest purchase from IBM which includes various technology patents – including software and networking – will significantly increase Facebook’s legal defence, against costly legal battles. Continue reading

Immigration Law | New Visa Route for Non-EU Artists

It has been announced that the Home Office are to relax the immigration rules for non-EU artists who are visiting the UK temporarily.

Currently, a “points-based immigration system” is in place, which effectively classes visiting non-EU artists as migrants and requires them to go through the visa application process; which has been heavily criticised by the art world. Continue reading

Intellectual Property | Copyright a Vital Source of Income for Artists

Yesterday the Musicians’ Union emphasised the importance of copyright as a vital source of income for creators; the day before the consultation period of the government’s proposals to change theUK’s copyright system, was due to end.

The government first announced proposals for copyright law reform, following recommendations made by Ian Hargreaves in his Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth. Continue reading

Employment Law | Minimum Wage Increase

Amid employment law reforms which are being made to encourage businesses to begin hiring again, it has been announced by the government that the minimum wage is set to rise.

From October 2012, the lowest paid workers within theUKare set to receive an eleven pence increase in their hourly salary, with the minimum wage set to increase to £6.19 per hour. Continue reading

Defamation | Call for Libel Costs to be Reduced

The Alternative Libel Project has published a report calling for a series of steps to be taken to reduce, what they call, “eye-popping costs” in libel cases.

The report which was published on March 15th 2012, the same day Lord McNally addressed a seminar to reaffirm the commitment to reforming libel law, is the result of a project which is run by English PEN and Index on Censorship, two of the bodies involved in the Libel Reform Campaign. Continue reading