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Competition Law in the Computer Age: Examining Microsoft v Commission

The characteristics of the IT market have created a myriad of new challenges for global competition authorities. They have had to adapt and strain the tools in their legal arsenal to ensure justice is done; as is evident from the long-standing battle between the European Commission and Microsoft.

12:00, 19th January 2018
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Problems with Trade Marks for Shapes

At present, the law applies strict limits to when a particular shape can be registered as a trade mark. Recently, this has denied protection to the shape of London Taxis and Nespresso coffee capsules. This appears to disregard the important role played by a product's aesthetic for many companies.

12:00, 16th January 2018
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The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2018

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how issues like Brexit, cyber security, fixed costs and online courts could cause problems for lawyers in the coming year.

12:00, 2nd January 2018
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Copyright Protection for TV Shows: Pointless or Going for Gold?

While scripted TV shows have long been protected by copyright law, the legal position of programmes that rely on spontaneity, like quiz shows or reality television, has been heavily contested. However, a recent High Court case has finally provided guidance as to when protection may be available.

12:00, 19th December 2017
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The Public Interest Case: TfL was Correct not to Renew Uber’s Licence

In the second part of Keep Calm Talk Law's debate on TfL's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence, Joseph Mahon argues that, when viewed through a broad lens that accounts for the bigger picture, the decision was a balanced and proportionate response to the company's continued failures.

12:00, 14th November 2017
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Poor Relations and Proportionality: The Flaws of TfL’s Uber Decision

The decision by Transport for London not to renew Uber's operating licence in London has proved divisive. But for all the public discourse, little focus has been placed on the legal specifics, close examination of which reveals several grounds for the company to use to launch a successful appeal.

11:00, 13th October 2017
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Dead on Arrival: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The UK's current legislation on the retention of data - nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter - looks set to be scrutinised by the ECJ after many privacy groups have expressed concerns over its compliance with EU law. It is one of the many failures of the UK legislature to draft suitable law in this area.

11:00, 29th September 2017
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Fair Use on YouTube: The H3H3Productions Copyright Case

A recent American case saw, for the first time, a maker of a YouTube video that used clips made by other YouTubers taken to court. It sheds light on the similarities between two doctrines of English and American law that govern when the exclusive right granted by copyright law can be overcome.

11:00, 19th September 2017
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On Filters and Votes: Examining Snap's IPO

Technology companies have been increasingly exploring new corporate governing structures, as exemplified by the company behind Snapchat. After its recent IPO, the current make-up of Snap Inc highlights some of the main issues that arise from such arrangements.

11:00, 9th May 2017
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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 24th April)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up carries on providing a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

18:00, 30th April 2017
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Time for Stark Changes? Examining Pop Culture in Legal Education

Reading dusty tomes and learning by rote the names and facts of cases to supplement daily lectures has long been the staple approach for legal education. However, it might be time for some law courses to rethink their approach to teaching. What roles can 'Pop Culture' and Virtual Reality play?

12:00, 24th February 2017
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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 13th February)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. But with financial news often inaccessible in terms of volume and complexity, enter Keep Calm Talk Law's new fortnightly round-up: a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

18:43, 19th February 2017
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Misuse of Private Information: The Failure to Protect the Right to Privacy

Privacy is under threat. The fight against terrorism and the emergence of social media have meant it is increasingly hard to protect information about our personal lives. And, to compound matters, the current remedies for the infringements of privacy rights we do have are simply not sufficient.

12:00, 10th February 2017
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Up In the Air: The International Law of Satellites

On the 7 February, North Korea launched a satellite into outer space. Internationally condemned, it has been claimed by various states that it was aimed at developing inter-continental ballistic missiles. What international obligations do states have with regards to satellites, including the moon?

12:00, 24th February 2016
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