Thursday 30th October 2008
Media, Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law




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6 Hours CPD - Law Society and Bar Council Accredited

Conference Objectives

The conference is aimed at media, entertainment and intellectual property lawyers, newspaper/ magazine editorial personnel and journalists, radio/ television broadcasters and presenters and all other executives who work in the media, entertainment, intellectual property or internet field. The objective of the conference is to examine in detail the most important and topical legal issues which are of concern to those with an interest in media, entertainment and intellectual property law.

Conference Contents:

Developments In Copyright And Like Rights

Stephen Bate - 5RB

- Fisher v Brooker; the decision of the Court of Appeal

- A round-up of other recent UK cases

- Murray v Big Pictures (UK) Ltd; privacy rights in photographsFisher v Booker. Musical copyright revisited.

- Review of internet issues

- Developments in other jurisdictions

Protecting IP Rights Under English Common Law And European Continental Law:
'Passing Off' And 'Unfair Competition' Compared

Ian Blackshaw - Asser International Sports Law Centre, The Hague

- Setting the Scene

- The Common Law Doctrine of 'Passing Off'

(i) Concept
(ii) Examples 

- The European Doctrine of 'Unfair Competition'

(i) Concept
(ii) Examples 

- The Doctrines Compared

- Conclusions

Licensing On Digital Platforms - A Practical Guide

Rachel Boothroyd - K&L Gates

- Summary of the legal framework

- Key differences from traditional licensing

- New issues in virtual worlds

- Fair dealing in digital

- Useful definitions

- Negotiating positions

- Convergence risks and future-proofing

Adwords, Keywords And Metatags:
Trade Mark Infringement ... Or Not?

Jonathan Cornthwaite - Wedlake Bell

This presentation will review the current state of the law on whether or not the use of adwords, keywords and metatags in the highly lucrative and competitive media of search engines and internet advertising constitutes, if unauthorised by a trade mark owner, infringement and/or passing-off. The presentation will review, amongst other cases, the High Court's decision in Wilson -v- Yahoo! UK Limited et al earlier this year.

Privacy: Before And After Max Mosley

Robert Deacon - 11 Stone Buildings

The Max Mosley case against The News of the World newspaper attracted national interest both within and outside the legal profession. This presentation will examine the following:

- The legal background relating to privacy and the law before the case

- An examination of the case judgment

- A consideration of the law of privacy in light of the judgment

- To what extent is the press and broadcast media now more constrained in what they might decide to investigate and report?

- A consideration of how the law relating to privacy might develop in the future

Celebrity - Its Uses And Abuses

Professor Robert Pinker - International Consultant at the UK Press Complaints Commission

Over the past fifteen years, complaints from celebrities have accounted for only a small proportion of the total number dealt with by the Press Complaints Commission. The great majority of these celebrities have been legally represented. What do we mean when we describe someone as a "celebrity”? What, if anything, differentiates them from other high-profile public figures? Are there any special considerations that have to be taken into account in submitting complaints on behalf of celebrities and by the Commission in reaching its decisions?

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive: How This Will Impact On Traditional Television Broadcasting And The On Demand World

Hannah Wardale - SJ Berwin LLP

- The extension of content regulation to the on demand sector

- The change to the rules on the amount and distribution of advertising

- The potential introduction of product placement in the United Kingdom

- Issues of jurisdiction raised by the new directive

- Progress to date with the implementation of the directive into English law and the DCMS consultation that was issued on 25th July