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Monday, 14 May 2012 04:00

Mr Sixties

60 ST

Philip Townsend's striking photography encapsulates the 1960s ranging from celebrity (before the term was dumbed down by wannabees) to everyday life including the tragic aftermath of the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster.

Philip's life has been as illustrious as the era he photographed having made numerous transformations to make Madonna look like a one-trick pony. Apart from being a landmark photographer of the 1960s, Philip has been a journalist courting at times controversy. However, it is to his photographic archive to which he has returned over the last few years, and most notably Philip was the first photographer of the Rolling Stones with the first shoot occurring a few days after Andrew Loog Oldham had become their manager.

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59 WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) Assembly is organising a global diplomatic conference to discuss ways to promote and protect the interests of televisual performers. The Diplomatic Conference will take place in Beijing in June 2012.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said 'While some countries have domestic legislation that grants certain rights to performers in audiovisual works there is a legal vacuum at the international level.

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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 01:00

Internet Governance Strategy

57 InternetLaw

One of the most striking aspects to derive from the English court's recent dealings with the abuse of the Internet in connection with super injunctions being sought by celebrities, is the limitation of a super injunction.

Remember the issues as to whether it applied to Tweeting and how do you enforce against a person breaching the order on the other side of the world, or even Scotland which is a different legal jurisdiction to England?

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Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:08

Barcode Use to Help Protect Creativity

zebra3One cannot copyright an idea only the manifestation of an idea, even though the core idea is probably where the real intrinsic value rests.

Whether it is an invention, TV format or piece of music one is very vulnerable when trying to win backers to invest, commission or promote an idea. Many organisations are very honourable, but even so the law books are peppered with cases where disputes have arisen about an organisation being accused of copying an idea but not giving credit to the instigator of the idea. Excuses include our idea is similar, but sufficiently different to suggest it is a different manifestation and therefore no breach of copyright. Another excuse is we were thinking along similar lines when you submitted your idea.

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