October 2011

Without Prejudice special on my Arctic Break

October 13, 2011

You may remember I took a break in September for a couple of weeks to go to the Arctic as part of the Nowhereisland arts project. I was one of the expedition team who voyaged round Svalbard for two weeks collecting material for the new island nation and launching it with the Nowhereisland declaration. Well, […]

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What’s wrong with the Premier League’s statement? Have drugs got anything to do with it?

October 4, 2011

Apologies for going on about football. I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about the suggestion that today’s ECJ ruling leaves room for the FA Premier League to use copyright law to continue preventing pubs from using foreign decoders to broadcast matches. In its carefully-worded statement on the ruling, the Premier League makes much of […]

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EU law v FA Premier League: a further thought

October 4, 2011

Since my previous post, I’ve read one or two suggestions on the web and Twitter that Karen Murphy didn’t actually win against the Premier League, because its copyright in its anthem etc. means she can’t show NOVA matches anyway. Dan Sabbagh on the Guardian website for instance writes: Unfortunately, the court held that pubs – […]

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EU law 2 FA Premier League 0

October 4, 2011

Today the Grand Chamber of the ECJ gave its preliminary ruling in two joined cases, FA Premier League v QC Leisure and others and Murphy v Media Protection Services. The ruling isn’t on BAILII yet; but it is available on the ECJ’s own website. [Update: here's the BAILII version]. The case is rightly being reported […]

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