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  • Do you deliver? Being truthful in your online advertising

    Do you deliver? Being truthful in your online advertising

    Often, customers are enticed by online businesses' "free" offers, including free postage, free delivery and such like. In the UK, alongside important laws such as the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, and The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations, there exist the Codes of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which regulate fairness in both online and offline marketing.

  • GUIs - first ruling affecting developers with designs on Chinese market

    GUIs - first ruling affecting developers with designs on Chinese market

    A case has been heard in the Chinese courts on an infringement of registered rights in relation to a design patent for a graphical user interface (GUI). This decision is highly relevant to software developers and marketers, not least because China remains a key market both for manufacturing, and increasingly so, for sales given its continuing rapid expansion.

  • White (Christmas) noise: copyright and those Christmas tunes

    White (Christmas) noise: copyright and those Christmas tunes

    Not many of us will think about the legal issues arising from listening to Christmas tunes while shopping. But playing music to shoppers, or indeed the customer of any business, is a public performance of the recording like any other and the fact that no-one is charged to listen to it is no excuse.