Research Archive


Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under government plans.

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Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, has denied that changes to its terms of service and privacy policy give it the right to sell users’ photographs to advertisers without notification.

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Four local councils were issued significant civil monetary penalties for losing personal data.  

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A new patent regime will provide the option for patenting across Europe as well as a new unified patent court.

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The Intellectual Property Office has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Patents Act 1977.

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An East Sussex college has been ordered to pay £23,000 for infringement of copyright in relation to making copyright materials available on its website.

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The draft code is ‘intended to help you provide subject access in accordance with the law and good practice’ and the ICO is now seeking your views.

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The short answer is that this is a valid FOI request which legally the college will need to respond to in terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

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JISC Legal is proud to be hosted by the 2012 winner of the Times Higher Education's UK University of the Year Award.

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The Cabinet Office has issued a draft code of practice for public authorities to help them meet the new statutory duty to publish datasets.

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JISC infoNet has developed the JISC infoNet Information request register. 

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The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has launched a new mobile app which makes it possible for copyright users to scan the ISN of a book or magazine to find out whether they can legally copy it under the terms of their CLA licence.

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The Information Commissioner has published a code of practice on managing anonymisation risks in relation to personal data.

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This guidance from JISC Legal considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities.

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This paper considers the legal issues likely to arise from the use of mobile devices by colleges and universities. It is relevant for staff with responsibility for planning and managing the introduction and use of mobile technologies in their institution and for lecturers, researchers and support staff using or supporting the use of mobile technologies.

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The short answer is that the details about individuals mentioned above are likely to be considered personal data and as such the data protection legislation applies.

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While a company can own the copyright in a work (and will do so in relation to copyright works created by employees in the absence of agreement to the contrary), the duration of copyright is still linked to the original author.

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The High Court has ruled that businesses do not have a general claim of ownership over the content of staff emails.

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The CLA has launched a new Code of Conduct which details how the agency will deal with its licence holders and other copyright users.

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The Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, run by a consortium of seven UK universities, will examine a range of issues relating to new digital technologies with a view to meeting some of the central challenges facing the UK’s creative economy.

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A recent report provides insight into students’ awareness of IPR and their attitudes to IPR teaching in UK institutions.

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Following on from our news story on the 8 October 2012, we can now confirm that the Directive has entered the Official Journal of the EU.

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The ICO has updated guidance to help institutions gain an understanding of freedom of information legislation and how to apply it, paying particular attention to research information.

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In order to meet the duty of care owed to learners, a college will have to show it has taken adequate precautions to prevent reasonably foreseeable loss or harm occurring. 

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The workshop is designed to teach delegates the basics of the Act (including validating requests, time limits and fees) and the exemptions.

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The general rule of UK defamation law is that the publisher of a defamation faces liability and this applies to FE and HE institutions as publishers in the same way as to any other publisher.  

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The Information Commissioner has fined Greater Manchester Police £120,000 for the loss of sensitive information. 

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As part of the Welsh Repository Network (WRN) project an interactive quiz regarding, copyright implications with multimedia deposits, was created for a repository staff training session. 

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YouTube is changing how it handles alleged copyright infringing content so as to protect the rights of both content owners and users.

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The EU Commission’s recent communication on cloud computing outlines the actions needed to encourage the use of cloud computing.

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The ICO has published a new cloud computing guide that highlights the data protection risks that cloud computing presents as well as suggesting approaches that will assist with compliance.

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The Scottish Information Commissioner has published her first Annual report which reveals that the number of appeals which relate to education institutions has decreased.

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Unfortunately there is no case law to define whether an activity is ‘commercial’ or not, and there is no definitive wording within the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.   

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There are two separate aspects to be considered whether materials, created for in-house use from licensed video, can be used in a conference presentation outside the institution.

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The EU Parliament has formally approved the text of a new EU Directive on orphan works with 531 in favour versus 11 opposed (65 abstentions).

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The ERA licence scheme permits the making of recordings of broadcasts by or on behalf of an educational establishment for the non-commercial educational purposes of that establishment.

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Vitae Innovate has published a 'Handbook of Social Media for Researchers and Supervisors' which is a resource to assist early career researchers and their supervisors adopt social media tools in their research and develop a social media strategy for research dialogues.

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The ICO has fined Scottish Borders Council £250,000 for failure to put in place appropriate guarantees on how data would be kept secure when it engaged an external company.

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The consultant will own the copyright in the materials created as part of the consultancy in the absence of an agreement to the contrary.

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Where a college employs students as apprentices and provides them access to MIS information as part of the responsibilities of their job and this enables them to view the records of other students this would not be a breach of data protection law in itself. 

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It is possible to adapt some that are available online providing you comply with the licence conditions. 

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Vitae Innovate has published a 'Handbook of Social Media for Researchers and Supervisors' a resource that assists early career researchers to adopt social media tools.

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The National Portrait Gallery has made over fifty thousand images available for use via a Creative Commons licence.

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The course is aimed at all those who undertake library and information work that involves the use of copyright materials and who are keen to learn about recent developments in copyright law and practice.

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The Innovation Commons is a marketplace where UK universities, business consultants and forward-thinking investors come together to share ideas, opinions, expertise and resources on the latest innovations, and hopefully reap the benefits of the opportunities.

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The High Court in Belfast recently ordered Facebook to identify anonymous account holders responsible for posting abusive messages about a Belfast company and its employees.

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A security breach at online storage service Dropbox highlights the need to consider a provider's security measures when using cloud services.

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The European Court of Justice in a reference for a preliminary ruling recently confirmed that copyright does not protect the functionality of a computer program and programming language.

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In May, the Scottish Information Commissioner issued the final report and action plan for the assessment of a university, carried out in February 2012.  

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The essential one-day course for those needing to copy and use existing third party content in their productions and services, delivered by expert practitioners in the field.

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