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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 6 Issue: 5
(May 2004)


Naomi Campbell’s successful appeal to the House of Lords after the Mirror’s front page article about her drug addiction has resulted in a “new” privacy law. For the first time, the UK has an actionable right for the unjustifiable disclosure of private information. Until now, the focus in privacy claims was whether matters were “confidential”, not private. / read more

Customers using account aggregation services could find themselves liable for losses caused by hackers. The Financial Services Authority warns customers on their website that the ‘FSA does not regulate the provision of account aggregation services’. The FSA goes on to say that customers ‘may not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme’. / read more

Traders look set to have to comply with the laws of all 25 members of the EU following a decision by EU Trade Ministers in Brussels. / read more


The Financial Services Authority and financial institutions need to sort out a clear regime for the use of account aggregation services by consumers. / read more

Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights Directive

Safe trading on internet auctions

New legislation against spammers unlikely to have effect until 2005

Domain name registration warning

New advertising techniques

New EU Technology Transfer “block exemption”

Dates for your diary!

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As banks and other high street names look again at offering account aggregation facilities, this article examines the legal and regulatory risks faced by aggregators, financial institutions and their customers, and concludes that, without a test case to clarify the legal issues, there are risks for all. / read more

Following the recent Reed metatag case, and keyword cases involving Google, this article examines what businesses can and should be doing to protect their trademarks. / read more

As the Disabililty Rights Commission finds that 81% of websites surveyed by them do not reach the minimum standards for disabled web access, this article looks at the obligations of website owners to disabled users. / read more

The adoption of a new block exemption for technology transfer agreements sees software copyright licences covered for the first time. Intended to “facilitate wide dissemination of innovation and give companies greater scope and design freedom”, what will the new Regulation mean for e-commerce businesses? / read more

The House of Lords has handed down its judgment overruling the Court of Appeal and restoring the award of damages and compensation to Naomi Campbell for breach of confidence against The Mirror. This article examines what the decision, which establishes an actionable right for the unjustifiable disclosure of private information, means. / read more

With the Olympic Games only a matter of months away now, it was inevitable that disputes over names relating to the Games would not be far behind. Sure enough, a dispute over the domain name has, in the past few weeks, been submitted to WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). / read more

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