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13 Sep, 2017

Monkey Business is Serious Business – US Copyright Case

Monkey Business: this idiom typically relates to silliness or foolishness. The irony of the phrase is surely not lost on David Slater, the photographer who has been dragged through a two year legal battle with PETA over copyright.

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28 Jul, 2017

The End of the Line for Payment Surcharges

To the surprise of many, the Government announced last week that, from 13 January 2018, charging add-on or ‘surcharge’ amounts to customers who wish to pay by credit card, debit card or other payment methods such as PayPal, will become unlawful. This change will be important to many businesses.

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18 Jul, 2017

Love Island: Branding the Islanders

Segments of Thorntons' Edinburgh office are abuzz with chat about the guilty indulgence that is ITV2's Love Island.

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11 Jul, 2017

Why is Love Island so addictive? The power of the hashtag

Love Island has exploded onto our screens this summer. People have become addicted to watching fake tanned, beach bodies lounge about all day discussing their love lives for all to criticise

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13 Apr, 2017

Taking the Security of Data Seriously

Last month saw the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) take enforcement action against two separate parties who failed to meet their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and adequately safeguard the personal data they held.

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13 Apr, 2017

The Damned United?

How brand management can go wrong!

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10 Feb, 2017

What's in a name?

When you hear the name ‘Kylie’ who do you think of? Is it the pint sized Australian popstar who first came to fame in Neighbours, or the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, with the lip-kit empire?

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07 Feb, 2017

The Danger of Cyber Crime on Celebrity Reputation

David Beckham is the latest individual to have his emails hacked, highlighting the risk of being hacked exists for celebrities every bit as much as it does for businesses.

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13 Jan, 2017

General Data Protection Regulation - What does it mean for public authorities and public bodies?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is set to significantly revamp current data protection laws; due to take effect in all Member States from 25th May 2018.

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22 Dec, 2016

The not so jolly side of Christmas Jumpers

Recently we saw the novelty chunky knit celebrated on the aptly named ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. Unfortunately the festive spirit was mired by claims that certain jumpers were copycat designs of those created by third parties and as such infringed the third parties’ copyright.

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