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IP in the News – 7 October 2016

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Summary: Our regular update on developments in the world of IP, featuring the shaky position of format rights in the UK and Mary Berry’s decision to stay with the BBC and work with her co-presenters on the Great British Bake Off on a rival programme, and the expensive price Talk Talk have to pay following last year’s cyber attack.

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.

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