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Assigning Your Copyright to Another? Legal Advice is Mandatory!

Copyright in computer software generally belongs to those who write it. Such rights can be assigned to others, but a High Court case concerning a commercially successful financial trading program showed exactly why such intricate deals should never be attempted without specialist legal advice. There was no dispute that the software was the brainchild of a...

Tobacco Companies Have a Proactive Duty to Discourage Smuggling

Tobacco manufacturers will have to take a more proactive approach in discouraging cross-border smuggling of tobacco products after a tribunal’s ruling in an important test case concerning a £650,000 fine imposed on a multinational company. One of the company’s subsidiaries produced a brand of hand-rolling tobacco that was largely sold into the Belgian...

Workplace Bans on Religious Symbols and Dress

It has been widely reported that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in determining a question raised by the Belgian Court of Cassation, has ruled that an employer has the right to ban staff from wearing an Islamic headscarf. However, the ruling only applies in specific circumstances. The employer, a private company that provides services to...

Crossrail – £1.7 Million Cost of Acquiring Kentucky Fried Chicken Outlet

Major infrastructure projects are notoriously expensive and a large proportion of their cost is accounted for by the high price of land acquisition. In one case, Transport for London (TfL) was ordered to pay more than £1.7 million in compensation to the leaseholder of a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise that had to be compulsorily purchased to make way for the...

Premier League Wins Novel Court Order to Block Illicit Internet Streaming

The technological race is on between illicit Internet streaming services and rights holders in sporting events that can only be viewed lawfully by subscription. In one case, the High Court made a novel order to protect the Football Association Premier League Limited (FAPL) against the impact of online piracy. FAPL was concerned by the increasing use of set top...

Divorce Settlements Must Respect Personal Freedom

Judges are generally averse to contracts, and particularly divorce settlements, that seek to place restrictions on individual liberty. In one case, the High Court effectively re-wrote heads of agreement that would have prevented a divorcee from relocating outside the UK with her young daughter. The wife was in relatively low-paid employment whereas the husband...