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17 June 2019
Has a statement about you caused you serious harm? That is the question posed by section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013, which has been the subject of a long running defamation claim brought against the publishers of the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Huffington Post. The Supreme Court has now delivered its judgment on the interpretation of section 1, which has significant implications for the media industry.
13 June 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have succeeded in defending a copyright claim in which the claimant contended that he designed their distinctive wolf head logo over 40 years ago.
Adam Glass comments for The Guardian: Landmarks in law: Sally Bercow and the first major 'Twibel' case
Press29 May 2019
Adam Glass has commented in an article for The Guardian which discusses how defamation cases used to focus primarily on broadcasters and newspapers – until social media changed everything.
Nigel Dewar Gibb comments for Music Week, MusicBusiness Worldwide and Record of the Day: 'Digital licensing needs to be fit for purpose': MMF calls for reform to DSP royalty payments
Press09 May 2019
Nigel Dewar Gibb has commented in articles for Music Week, MusicBusiness Worldwide and Record of the Day that discuss a new report published by the Music Managers Forum (MMF). It claims that inefficient payment systems are reducing the digital royalties that creators receive.
29 April 2019
Welcome to the latest issue of our ‘Media & Entertainment Legal Digest’. We have selected the legal and regulatory developments from the past two months or so that we think are most likely to be of interest, with a very brief summary and then a link to the official source or full text of the item.
01 April 2019
Two weeks ago we commented on the anticipated introduction of age verification controls on porn sites which were due to come into force today. It is now understood that the implementation of these controls has been delayed, with some media outlets reporting that an official announcement is expected this week.
21 March 2019
For many of us, using social media has become an integral part of life. However we are increasingly aware of the impact of social media on mental health and the harm that can be caused from exposure to certain content which is easily accessible online, as well as the harm that can be caused from misuse of personal data and data breaches. Access to content promoting terrorism and the increasing prevalence of ‘fake news’ and hate speech have all made headlines recently.
Nigel Dewar Gibb to speak at TGE Elevate event: TGE launches new programme to help next generation of music industry leaders
Press21 March 2019
Nigel Dewar Gibb will be speaking at the upcoming TGE Conference , which this year takes place at its new home at Jury’s Inn Waterfront from 8-11 May 2019 in Brighton, England.
01 March 2019
Welcome to the latest issue of our ‘Media & Entertainment Legal Digest’. We have selected the legal and regulatory developments from the past two months or so that we think are most likely to be of interest, with a link to the official source or full text of the item.
Lewis Silkin French Desk advises its longstanding client Publicis Groupe, on the sale of Publicis Health Solutions to Altamont Capital Partners
Deal12 February 2019
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client Publicis Groupe, on the sale of Publicis Health Solutions to Altamont Capital Partners.
Lewis Silkin French Desk advises its longstanding client Publicis Groupe on the acquisition of the remaining 24.9% stake in Blue 449 from M&C Saatchi Plc
Deal04 February 2019
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client Publicis Groupe on the acquisition of the remaining 24.9% stake in Blue 449 from M&C Saatchi Plc.
Geraint Lloyd-Taylor comments for BBC News, The Times and The Financial Times: Social media stars agree to declare when they post ads
Press23 January 2019
Geraint Lloyd-Taylor has commented in articles for BBC News, The Times and The Financial Times which discuss the recent agreement from sixteen social media stars to clearly state if they have been paid or received any gifts or loans of products they endorse online.
11 January 2019
Following on from our 2018 Tech Predictions, here are our top ten favourite tech predictions for 2019. Just imagine a world where new technology not only makes us more efficient but improves our lives in other ways - let’s see what 2019 might hold in store!
14 November 2018
Today the Supreme Court is hearing the second and final day of the appeal in the case of Lachaux v Independent Print and another against the Court of Appeal decision. Centre stage will be section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013, which, although has been discussed at length in this case so far, still requires clarification.
Press03 October 2018
The use of Blockchain technology in the audio world will be explored by Cliff Fluet at the International Radio Festival’s Audio Conference in Malta on 1st November.
Press26 September 2018
Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has raised more than $1bn to fund mobile-first distribution start-up NewTV. In an article for C21 Media, Jeremy Summers assesses what this means for the industry?
Nicholas Buckland comments for Music Week: Euro Parliament rejects copyright reform, full debate set for September
Press10 July 2018
In an article for Music Week, Nicholas Buckland comments on the European Parliament voting against beginning negotiations on the Copyright Directive including Article 13.
Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket on its sale of the world’s best-selling gadget magazine – Stuff – to Kelsey Media
Deal06 June 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Haymarket Media Group, on the sale of Stuff to Kelsey Media. Stuff encompasses the world’s best-selling gadget magazine and Stuff.TV. The deal is due to close in mid-June following consultation with affected employees. It follows the sale by Haymarket, advised by Lewis Silkin, of four specialist consumer brands to Future plc, which closed last month.
Press18 April 2018
In the episode, Nigel and Rahul Rumalla, Founder + Chief Technology Officer of Paperchain, talk about the so called ‘Black Box’ royalties that remain unclaimed by artists, auditing performing rights organisations, the potential for Blockchain in the music industry and much more.
Jeremy Summers comments for iNews: Radiohead v Del Rey: how record companies use waveform analysis, forensics and… Shazam to avoid being sued
Press12 January 2018
Jeremy Summers comments in an article for iNews, discussing how to identify copyright infringement in the music industry.