Research Archive

A new interactive tool from the IPO to help businesses identify assets which may be protected by IP rights.  

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IPO seeks assistance on updating the model agreements for collaborative research.

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Copyright law gives the copyright owner of an image or video the right to control the terms under which they can be used. You should not assume that just because an image or a video is found on the internet that it is available to use freely.

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The ICO has recently fined a sole trader for the loss of his external hard drive with financial details of clients, as the hard drive was unencrypted.

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This FAQ considers the legalities surrounding the use of linking within a VLE.  Is it better to link directly to the clip or the homepage for example? 

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The Law Commission is consulting on data sharing between public bodies looking at what legal and practical obstacles exist to sharing data and whether these obstacles are desirable.

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FutureLearn, has launched in the UK with more than 20 partner institutions offering free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) to students.

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This is an ideal course for those wishing to update their FOI knowledge and do not have time or budgets to attend a full day course.

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This live and interactive workshop is designed to teach delegates the basics of the Act including what is personal data, rights of individuals, responsibilities of data controllers, enforcement and penalties.

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The UKIPO is seeking feedback on the effectiveness of  The Copyright (regulation of relevant licensing bodies) Regulations 2014.  

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NLA media access and Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have announced a collaboration designed to simplify copyright licensing for FE, HE and schools.

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It is unlikely that it would be legitimate for a college or university to confiscate a student’s mobile device where they suspect activity which might compromise the institution's college systems. 

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The masterclass will provide in-depth training about the copyright legislation, relevant case law, other related rights and more detailed discussion about some key topical issues.

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A Council has received a monetary penalty of £70,000 from the ICO after sensitive personal details were inadvertently published online.

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The First Tier Information Rights Tribunal has upheld the decision of the ICO to support Queen Mary, University of London’s refusal to release minutes from a clinical trial requested under Freedom of Information.

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The First Tier Information Rights Tribunal has upheld the decision of the ICO to support Queen Mary, University of London’s refusal to release minutes from a clinical trial requested under Freedom of Information.

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The final version of the revised definition document for colleges has been published by the ICO.

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This FAQ considers the data protection issues associated with filming video in a public place.

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Remarks made on social media platforms are being used more and more as evidence in criminal cases.

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New regulations covering what fees public authorities can charge for supplying datasets, in a reusable format,  have just been published.

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With respect to a college recording an end of year performance by its dance students the main legal areas to consider are copyright and performer’s rights.  

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MOJ publishes its eagerly awaited Code of Practice on Datasets.

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Universities are collecting and analysing big data sets to influence student progress, teaching practices and learner engagement. 

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This means that colleges and universities which currently hold an ERA or ERA Plus licence for which the term extends beyond 1 July 2013 or which enter into a new licence after 1 July will be able to treat the content previously licensed separately under the Open University Off-Air Recording Scheme as being available to become ERA recordings covered by ERA and ERA Plus licences.

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This interactive workshop, delivered by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), will explain the concept of copyright, when it applies, and how it can be exploited.

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This interactive workshop, delivered by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), will explain the concept of copyright, when it applies, and how it can be exploited.

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Helping research and education institutions move to cloud and data centre services through guidance.  

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This FAQ summarises the legal considerations in providing prospective students or alumni access to the college or university network making reference to relevant guidance from JANET.

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Open University Worldwide Limited has become a member of the ERA licensing scheme with effect from 1 July 2013.  

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New guidance published by MySociety highlights the risks associated with the unintentional disclosure of sensitive hidden data in spreadsheets. 

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The UK has signed a new World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Treaty which includes new standards of international IP protection for audiovisual performances.

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New search tool available for Information Tribunal Decisions, First Tier.

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The UK IPO has published a new Factsheet on the orphan works licensing scheme and extended collective licensing measures set out in The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 which provides details of how these measures will operate. 

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Digital Economy Act's anti-piracy measures to be delayed yet again.

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013.  The new legislation will effect the UK's current intellectual property regime.  Changes include the fact that orphan works will be licensed for use for the first time.  

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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published draft legislation implementing changes to copyright exceptions.

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A short video on Pinterest, image sharing and the law.

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New guidance from the ICO on the application of the DPA to social networking for business purposes. 

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A full day event, packed with practical learning and networking opportunities for Scottish public authority staff who receive and respond to freedom of information requests.

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A news story on the IPO website highlights how designers of mobile apps can protect their designs.

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A date is set for this Act to come into force.  The Act amends the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act  2002, in some technical respects. 

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This question raises an interesting issue regarding ‘access’ overseas and ‘transfer’ overseas but unfortunately the legal position is unclear. Read on to find out more. 

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A new Intellectual Property Bill
 proposes changes to the UK's intellectual property regime.

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The Export Control Organisation (ECO) do have rules on what can and cannot be exported to certain countries. This FAQ explores what they have to say on the question of taking encrypted laptops abroad.

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A new Intellectual Property Bill proposes changes to the UK's intellectual property regime.  The changes are being brought in an attempt to simplify patent and design protection laws and to help businesses be better off as a result of the changes. 

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This FAQ considers whether, in terms of the CDPA, consent is required to record student presentations for the purpose of examination. Consideration is also given to the application of consent in relation to performers' rights and to Schedule 2, Rights in Performances.  The implications of data protection legislation are discussed.  

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This report examines whether the Lambert Toolkit which includes model agreements for collaborative research has been of benefit to UK universities and their industry partners.

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This FAQ considers whether the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended by The Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002) permits the making of copies of copyright works in alternative formats for a person with disabilities.

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA) received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013.

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The regulations seek to ensure that the Legal Deposit Libraries (LDLs) can provide a national archive of the UK’s non-print published material.  

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