A recent legal decision in the US has ruled that ‘We shall Overcome’, one of the most well-known American civil rights anthems, is no longer subject to Copyright protection. A derivative version of the song had been copyrighted in the US by Pete Seeger (a folk musician) but a US District Judge ruled that the derivative version did not have […]Read more "Civil rights anthem ‘freed’ from copyright"
Last week the Law School welcomed the new Level 4 students with various induction events. For many of the students who have not studied Law before, the induction week provided an opportunity to start thinking about recent news stories and the legal impact of them. We focused on three topical stories, considering the sources of […]Read more "Welcoming the new Level 4 students"
Cases involving end of life decisions are always contentious and tend to be highlighted in the media due to the ongoing debate as to whether the United Kingdom should legalise euthanasia. The latest judgment in relation to this topical area came earlier this week, in the ruling of M (by her litigation friend, Mrs B) v […]Read more "A new era in end of life cases?"
In 2011 David Slater, a wildlife photographer, took a series of photos of macaque monkeys in Indonesia. Nothing particularly unusual about that, until one of the monkeys, named Naruto, started to use Mr Slater’s camera to take photos of himself. The photos, in particular the ones of Naruto striking what appears to be a cheesy […]Read more "Monkey ‘Selfie’ dispute settled"
In the latest of recent headline cases involving employment law, last week it emerged that many large companies have failed to pay their workers the national minimum wage. On Thursday 17th August, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs listed 233 employers that had failed to comply with the legislation relating to minimum wage. The following link […]Read more "Do you know your employment rights?"
For anyone who has been following the Charlie Gard case in the news, it has been an eventful few months which has demonstrated the efficacy of the court system and the perils that judges face in such cases. The background Charlie Gard was born with a rare genetic condition, which has progressively worsened. The 11-month […]Read more "An end to the Charlie Gard case"
For any aspiring Criminal lawyer, the case of R v Dudley & Stephens (1884) is one with which you will be familiar. There are very few cases with such tragic and gruesome facts, involving shipwreck, murder and cannibalism. For a group of 15 year-10 students, today they had the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes […]Read more "Year 10 students get taster of Criminal Law through Summer School Workshop"