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“In the mist of chaos, there is also opportunity” - Sun-Tzu, The art of War-craft III

Joshua Bennett, Alan Wetterhahn |

Is there hope for custom game developers amidst Blizzard Entertainment’s new Acceptable Use Policy? Following the launch of Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard Entertainment (Blizzard) has updated its Acceptable Use Policy so that the legal rights that custom-game makers automatically assign to Blizzard have been expanded. The new wording (highlighted in bold) reads: Custom Games are […]


New guidance aimed at Irish organisations when contracting with cloud service providers

Tim Wright, Joshua Bennett |

Businesses are increasingly using cloud services for an ever-growing range of IT and related services, often categorised as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructures as a Service (IaaS), and as Platform a Service (PaaS). Key characteristics of cloud services often include internet delivery of the services, self-provisioning, elasticity (i.e. on-demand) and subscription models. Another distinction […]


Is your outsourcing strategy fit for 2020? Take a fresh look at the Vested® model

Tim Wright, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

The award-winning Vested® outsourcing/business model has been around since around the end of the noughties. In case you are not familiar with it, the Vested[1] model and movement grew out of pioneering research and development by a team at the University of Tennessee. Their research looked at companies that worked with business partners and were […]


Tune On, Tune In, Cop Out

Tim Wright, Joshua Bennett |

Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out? Warner Music and Sony Music v TuneIn On 1 November 2019, TuneIn was found to have infringed the rights of Warner Music and Sony Music (together the Claimants). The case itself focussed on the interpretation of the English copyright law concept of ‘communication to the public’ in circumstances where […]


Cookie Consent - GDPR

Eddie Powell, Joshua Bennett |

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down a preliminary ruling in a case[1] focussing on the validity of consent obtained from internet users by means of pre-ticked checkbox, and information obligations regarding cookies. The ECJ was reviewing the cookie consent requirements in accordance with the Cookie Directive 2002/58/EC (Cookie Directive), and the General […]


A Director’s Duty

Tom Bolam, Joshua Bennett |

When a company is solvent, the primary duty imposed on directors is to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its shareholders.  This duty is codified at section 172(1) of the Companies Act 2006. However, that position changes when a company is insolvent, or close to insolvency. In that latter instance, directors […]


Knowing when to appeal

Leigh Callaway, Joshua Bennett |

When does time for making an application for permission to appeal begin? In circumstances where the time period for making such an application is a relatively limited 21 days, the importance of understanding the answer to this question cannot be understated. In McDonald v Rose, the Court of Appeal recently provided guidance on the procedure to be followed by parties wishing to seek permission to appeal.


The Expanding Reach of the SFO

Tom Bolam, Joshua Bennett |

The Facts The SFO had commenced a criminal investigation into KBR Ltd, concerning suspected offences of bribery and corruption. KBR Ltd is one of many subsidiaries of the US based KBR Inc., and ultimately forms part of the wider KBR Group. As part of its investigation, the SFO sought documents held both in and outside […]


Money, money, money: It’s a rich man’s world!

Joshua Bennett |

In February 2018, the National Crime Agency (NCA) successfully obtained two Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO) on properties in the UK – one in the exclusive Knightsbridge area of London and the second, a golf course in Berkshire, collectively worth £22 million. The first target of the UWOs challenged the UWOs on a variety of grounds […]