TV Shows and Format Rights
The news that Mary Berry has decided to stay with the BBC and work with her co-presenters on the Great British Bake Off on a rival programme rather than transfer to Channel 4 after their acquisition of the "rights" in the Bake Off demonstrates the shaky nature of format rights in the UK. The rejection on several occasions of the introduction into UK law of a separate IP right to protect TV formats has meant that millions of pounds continue to be paid for what in reality amounts to a flimsy collection of copyright, design rights, trade marks and passing off rights in different discreet elements of a show.
Cyber Security and Data Protection
Talk Talk have been fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office, the highest awarded to date, for last year's cyber attack on their customer data.