Research Archive


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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BUFVC has published "Can I Copy This? A Brief Guide to UK Copyright in Higher and Further Education". 

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The ICO's latest guidance on the Environmental Information Regulations is now available to download from their website.

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This webcast deals with outsourcing email, moving data storage off-campus and using external servers and data centres provided by cloud services.  The recording of the webcast - Cloud Computing and the Law - is now available online.  

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The UK Government yesterday published a policy statement on modernising copyright.  The document sets out Government policy on modernising copyright licensing in response to the Hargreaves Review recommendations.

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A recent report into the behaviour of “Generation Y” PhD students reveals a lack of understanding about open access and copyright amongst the students surveyed.

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This briefing paper looks at the legal issues that further and higher education institutions may face in employer engagement as part of their Business and Community Engagement ("BCE") activities.

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched a short survey into the use of privacy impact assessments (PIA) by organisations in the UK.

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This briefing tackles the legal issues that further and higher education institutions may face when delivering lifelong learning as part of their Business and Community Engagement ("BCE") activities.

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This briefing gives an overview of some of the legal issues which institutions can face when carrying out cultural and public engagement activities as part of their Business and Community Engagement ("BCE") activities.

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), looking to add certainty to the anonymisation of data, has launched a consultation on a draft code of practice.

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This course will provide you with sufficient understanding of your responsibilities to be able to plan and manage the processing of personal data in a time of increasing complexity and concern about privacy.

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This course is for managers or businesses who handle public information and wish to plan the efficient management of FOI compliance.

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The Intellectual Property Office is seeking to improve its mediation service.

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The European Court of Justice recently confirmed that copyright does not protect the functionality of a computer programme and programming language.

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A new bill seeking to strengthen Scotland's Freedom of Information legislation is being considered by their government.

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A new bill seeking to strengthen Scotland's freedom of information legislation is being considered by their government.

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The CLA has drafted a Code of Conduct outlining how the CLA will act in its dealings with licensees and other copyright users in relation to queries regarding its licences.

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The Constitution Unit at UCL highlights the benefits and difficulties for universities in complying with FOI.

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New government proposals, to be added to the Defamation Bill, state that internet 'trolling' victims have a right to know who is behind the malicious comments made about them.  

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The ISEB CERTIFICATE IN FREEDOM OF INFORMATION is ideal for those who wish to have their knowledge and expertise recognised through a formal qualification.

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This online seminar will provide an introduction to the law of copyright.

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The EU Parliament’s negotiating team has voted in favour of reforming copyright legislation in order to make available ‘orphan works’ in on-line archives.   

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This is an event held by the Information Services Group (London and South-East Section) and Legislation Services at The National Archives.

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£325,000 penalty for hard drives containing sensitive data for sale on the internet.

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The ICO has begun a public consultation on a new anonymisation code of practice.

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This course will provide you with sufficient understanding of your responsibilities to be able to plan and manage the processing of personal data in a time of increasing complexity and concern about privacy.

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Where copyright infringing third party material is included in an ‘e-thesis’, liability will lie with all parties who have taken part in the activity that is infringement. 

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The Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012 achieved royal assent on 01 May 2012.

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The Digital Economy Act 2010 was given royal assent late on Thursday, 8 April 2010, following the final reading of the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Commons, the previous night.

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A Welsh health board has been issued with a £70,000 fine following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act,1998. 

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UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including Sky, Virgin Media and Talk Talk must block file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, the High Court has ruled.

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The purpose of this Moral Rights and OERs Overview paper is to guide publishers of open educational resources (OERs) on the meaning of moral rights, when and how these impact on the creation of OERs and measures which may be taken in order to avoid infringement of moral rights.

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The purpose of this Moral Rights and OERs Essentials paper is to provide publishers of open educational resources (OERs) with a summary of when and how moral rights impact on the creation of OERs.

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The Information Rights Tribunal recently ruled that the names of three junior members of staff who dealt with complaints made to the Financial Services Authority should have been disclosed as part of a Freedom of Information request.  

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