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Using the Internet to Infringe Copyright? You Could Be Jailed!

The Internet is unfortunately fertile ground for those intent on wholesale infringement of copyright. However, as one case involving a music lover who made more than 600,000 pirated tracks available online showed, such behaviour does not go unpunished. The man operated three websites that were used as conduits for pirated music. His activities were sustained and...

Tenants Win Greater Influence Over Optional Improvement Costs

In a ruling that will be required reading for landlords and tenants, the Court of Appeal has given authoritative guidance on the distinction between ‘repairs’ and ‘optional improvements’. The decision means that tenants’ views will in future be far more influential when it comes to paying for the costs of the latter. The case concerned a 1960s-built...

Territorial Scope of UK Employment Laws – Guideline Decision

British Employment Tribunals (ETs) can in some circumstances hear claims brought by foreign nationals or those who work abroad. However, as one case concerning a merchant seaman revealed, their territorial scope is not without limit. The mariner was employed by a company based in Aberdeen. Although his original employment contract had lapsed prior to his...

How Do You Define the ‘Limits’ of a Port? Court of Appeal Guidance

Anyone involved in international trade will know that ports get busy and that vessels are often required to anchor offshore and wait for a berth. Such delays can have serious financial consequences and, in an important decision, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on what exactly is meant by the ‘limits’ of a port. By the terms of a charterparty, the...

Bankrupt Handed 15-Year Ban

Following an investigation by Insolvency Service (IS) specialists, a director has been given the maximum bankruptcy restriction order of 15 years after he was found to be acting as a director of a limited company despite having previously agreed to a 10-year disqualification order and that order still being in force. The undertaking, which was given in 2008,...