1st Steps

I have been thinking about Brexit again over the last few days, I issued my personal short term manifesto, and read the British Chamber of Commerce’s puff in the FT. I comment on the one benefit identified so far, Crown logos on pint glasses. Here are some notes, Continue reading “1st Steps”

Copyright law and streaming

Kevin Brennan MP, introduced a private member’s bill earlier this year to establish the right to ‘equitable’ remuneration for musicians and composers for use of their material on streaming platforms. It would seem that this is an attempt to implement a series of recommendations from the DCMS Select Committee. (I think the bill will fail to leave the Commons as most private member’s bill do.) See below/overleaf for more notes and links. Continue reading “Copyright law and streaming”

UK employee protection and the EU/ILO

The Guardian published a piece talking about how the gravity of the EU aquis and its coming regulation on employment rights in the gig economy will impact UK employers. Maybe/maybe not! The article also reminds us of Johnson’s election promises, Continue reading “UK employee protection and the EU/ILO”

Apple vs Otis, FRAND vs FLOSS

I was pointed at Apple vs Otis in the UK Courts. This is an NPE suing Apple for its non-permitted use of a standards essential patent. The court backs Otis and is now assessing a fair licence agreement. Apple say that if it considers it unfair, they’ll with draw from the UK. There is, of course, a post Brexit dimension to this as the British Courts seek to establish a new market for British lawyers since they can no longer practice in Europe. Here are some more links and notes. Continue reading “Apple vs Otis, FRAND vs FLOSS”

Brexit, Month One

The post brexit deal, one month on. It’s not going well, both trade, which is down, some say by 68%, due to the economic consequences of non-tariff barriers to entry, mainly paper work, and the consequences of agreeing a border in the Irish Sea are placing massive strains on the Good Friday agreement. Here are some notes. Continue reading “Brexit, Month One”

TPP Mk II

While in Europe we were busy campaigning about TTIP and its ISDS clauses, the Obama administration were trying the same trick on their other coast, then called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump pulled out, but the remaining countries completed the treaty, now renamed, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with a modified a more limited ISDS and intellectual property clauses. The British Govt. have applied to join to the applause of Lord Hannan, an ex MEP and so I think we need to understand the ISDS & IPR clauses, and the direction of travel. If the US decide to rejoin, they will probably seek to ‘improve’ the ISDS and IPR chapters. We should note it has a Commission. Here as ever are my notes. Continue reading “TPP Mk II”

Duesenbury’s ratchet theorem

I came across this a long time ago, while studying for my a-levels, so thank you Mr Sidemouth, but I have not heard much about him since. While considering the Tories attempts to reduce the penurious universal credit payments, and my own experiences as I move into retirement I am reminded of the ratchet. Here are my notes … Continue reading “Duesenbury’s ratchet theorem”