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21 September 2023

Building Communities of Copyright Practice Within and Across Cultural Heritage Organisations

By Naomi Korn This post discusses the concept of a Community of Copyright Practice Within and Across Cultural Heritage Organisations. Whilst the concept of a community of copyright practice has been around for a while now mainly across educational establishments[1], it has not been actively applied to cultural heritage organisations. The concept and its applications […]

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4 September 2023

What are the benefits of appointing a Data Protection Officer?

By Sofia Carroll, Information Governance Manager Discover how you can benefit from expert GDPR advice at your fingertips even if the law doesn’t require you to appoint a Data Protection Officer. Do I need a Data Protection Officer? Article 37 of the UK GDPR lists certain scenarios when you must appoint a Data Protection Officer […]

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24 August 2023

Someone Using Your Content Without Your Permission?

By Naomi Korn, CEO It can be upsetting if you become aware of someone using your work without your permission. However, the good news is that as the copyright holder, the law will be on your side. This means that the onus will be on them to prove that they either have your permission to use […]

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17 August 2023

In the News: Consequences of a Data Breach to your Organisation

By Sofia Carroll, Information Governance Manager The Electoral Commission announces that cyber attackers accessed the personal details of people registered to vote between 2014 and 2022. We look at what such a breach may mean for your organisation and what you can do to avoid and manage it. This week we learned that cyber attackers […]

9 August 2023

Levitating: Rising above the copyright noise 

By Sean Waterman, Head of IP  Pop Star Dua Lipa, record producer Stephen Kozmeniuk and Warner Brothers Music Group are subject to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles over the use of a recording used in her hit track ‘Levitating’. This is the third lawsuit relating to the track.  This case highlights the potential risks […]

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3 August 2023

Take Down Policies: The EVA Approach

By Naomi Korn, CEO and Sean Waterman, Head of Intellectual Property It is important for organisations that publish content online, including websites and social media, or in exhibitions and publications, to have a take down notice or policy. A take down notice or policy communicates their position regarding copyright and particularly if there is a […]

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25 July 2023

In the news: requesting your personal data

By Jess Pembroke, Head of Data Protection Nigel Farage and other public figures have recently been reported in the news using data protection legislation to access information  that others hold about them. This could be data from files, emails, WhatsApp messages or recorded meeting notes. A Data Subject Access Requests, known as DSARs or SARs for short, […]

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6 July 2023

Safeguarding Children in the Digital Age

By Jess Pembroke, Head of Data Protection In today’s tech-dominated world, where multinational corporations spare no expense in targeting children directly with their alluring technologies, devices and apps, it’s crucial to shed light on the ethical implications and potential harms that arise from the associated endless data collection. One of the main challenges is that […]

16 June 2023

IP Policies

By Sean Waterman, Head of IP The use of intellectual property (IP) rights such as patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright by UK companies makes a significant contribution to the UK’s GPD and employment. Between 2014-2016 IP rights intensive industries in the UK accounted for over 8.4 million jobs (28.1% of all UK jobs) and […]

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25 May 2023

In the News: Data Breach affecting the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) 

What has happened? Capita (a sub-contractor for many public sector organisations) recently reported a cyber incident involving hackers targeting some of its computer servers.[1] In mid-May it was confirmed that USS members data was held on the affected servers.  This affects around 470,000 active, deferred and retired members, and includes the following personal data: What does […]

25 April 2023

Orphan Works Post Brexit – What Next?

By Naomi Korn, CEO Orphan works – works that are in copyright but where the rights holders are unknown or cannot be traced – are a global, unsolved problem representing likely billions of items. I was one of the first to study the scale and scope of orphan works across UK cultural heritage organisations, analysed […]

17 April 2023

Are Memes Mean? The rights and data protection implications of memes and viral videos

By Jess Pembroke, Head of Data Protection, Naomi Korn Associates “Going viral” is a term used to describe something becoming extremely popular often resulting in images or clips being shared millions of times online. However, what the internet (and its users) often forgets is that behind an image or video clip is an individual, a […]

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