Monthly Archives: October 2011

Race, Creed or Colour . . . . Racism in Sport?

The recent alleged incident and controversy arising from the claims and counter claims of racism in football has again brought into sharp focus the issues with regard to racism in sport generally. The FA is investigating two claims of racist … Continue reading

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Attack of the Clones

A long time ago in a film studio far, far away movie history was made as the phenomenally successful Star Wars saga began.  The Lucasfilm empire has made billions of pounds from the films themselves and associated merchandise.  Over 30 … Continue reading

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Beyoncé accused of copyright infringement by Belgian choreographer

The Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has claimed that certain dance moves in the music video for Beyoncé’s new single ‘Countdown’ are “pure plagiarism”. Beyoncé has acknowledged that sequences in the ‘Countdown’ video were inspired by De Keersmaeker’s ballet … Continue reading

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Crouch-Touch-Pause-EDUCATE!

Many pundits before the Rugby World Cup had predicted that the route to the final would have matched England (winners in 2003 and finalists in 2007) and New Zealand (tournament hosts and pre competition favourites) against one another in the … Continue reading

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Hillsborough . . . . . Quest for the “Inconvenient” Truth!

Following an e-petition containing more than 138,000 signatures requesting the full disclosure of all government documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, the Government (having promised to put forward for debate any petition that reached more than 100,000 signatures) was … Continue reading

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Copyright protection extended from 50 to 70 years by new EU Directive

On 12 September 2011 the EU Council adopted a Directive which modifies Directive 2006/116/EC ‘on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights’ and extends copyright protection for performers and phonogram producers on music recordings from 50 to … Continue reading

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Blue Moon’s Painful Divorce . . . tip toeing through the legal minefield!

Amidst the chaos and confusion of Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich on Wednesday, the claims and counterclaims as to what happened “on the bench” still reverberate around the incident. As a consequence, City have suspended Carlos Tevez after … Continue reading

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