By Ruth Hoy and Emily Leach (London)

Social responsibility in the fashion industry is a hot topic.  Fashion brands need to be wary of scrutiny for creating aspirational advertising that can be perceived as socially irresponsible. 

The use of size zero models, both on the catwalk and in advertising, is a trend that has been on-going for many years since the rise of Twiggy in the sixties (so-called for her slim frame).  However, with worrying statistics regarding eating disorders and a growing social backlash to this perceived ‘iconic’ body shape, we are seeing growing legislative intervention in this area. 
Continue Reading FASHION MODELS – CROSSING A THIN LINE

Reposted from Media, Sports, and Entertainment Blog

By Holly Pearlman, Sam Churney, Katherine Mullally

The Court of Appeal recently ruled on the ownership of the copyright in the music and lyrics (the “Copyright“)


Continue Reading UK: “No rights, no cry!” – Court of Appeal rules on copyright in certain Bob Marley songs

By Matthew Duncombe (Leeds)

The last 12 months have seen significant change to the consumer law landscape in the UK, culminating most recently with the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (which came into force in October 2015). Changes in consumer law commenced last year with the implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive into English law by the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013. The 2013 Regs brought into law further rules relating to distance and online selling, including:
Continue Reading CONSUMER RIGHTS ALL CHANGE?

Repost from LAW À LA MODE, Issue 13 – April 2014

By Robert Russell and Peter Manley (Manchester)

In this article on the changing landscape of UK fashion retail, we consider the challenges and changes faced by the industry and comment on the opportunities available for existing players and potential new entrants to the market.


Continue Reading INSOLVENCY IN THE FASHION RETAIL SECTOR THE RISKS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES

By John Wilks and Charles Harvey

UK IP legislation is changing.

First, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (which received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013), has just been published, and modifies UK copyright law (though not as drastically as some would have liked).

Secondly, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech that it will be introducing an Intellectual Property Bill to make changes to the law of design and patents.


Continue Reading SIGNIFICANT CHANGES INTRODUCED AND PLANNED TO UK IP LEGISLATION

By John Wilks and Catherine Beloff

The CJEU has handed down its decision on the copyright questions referred by the UK High Court in the long-running battle between ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and TV Catchup (“TVC”). Copyright owners will be relieved that the CJEU has confirmed that streaming content via the internet constitutes the infringing act of communication to the public. 


Continue Reading IP Alert: TV CATCHUP CAUGHT OUT?

The eight recipients of the British Fashion Council’s (“BFC”) NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN, initiative were announced earlier this week. DLA Piper is partnering with the British Fashion Council to provide tailored legal and commercial


Continue Reading DLA Piper Partners with The British Fashion Council to Mentor Up and Coming Designers