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Nottingham’s Glee Club wins legal battle with Hollywood

American hit musical TV show Glee has lost the latest round of a trademark battle with a Nottingham comedy club of the same name.

The long-running saga began when Comic Enterprises Limited, which runs the Glee Club in Castle Wharf, took Hollywood movie giant Twentieth Century Fox to court over the confusion in the names in the same industry.

The club scored a David and Goliath-style victory in July last year, when a Deputy High Court judge ordered Fox make the name change and to pay Comic Enterprises £100,000 damages up front.

But Twentieth Century Fox appealed the decision, and the case has now been at the Court of Appeal three times.

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Data protection fines and penalties

Executives in technology, media and telecommunications also worry about intellectual property and patent infringement, and competition and anti-trust law scrutiny, survey finds

Regulatory fines and penalties arising from data protection breaches is the biggest risk for the on the minds of executives in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sector, according to new research by Willis Towers Watson.

For its TMT Risk Index 2016, Willis Towers Watson questions 350 C-suite level executives across the sector. The survey revealed that the top three risks are: data protection fines and penalties; intellectual property and patent infringement; and competition and anti-trust law scrutiny.

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NZ court rules that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US

A district court in New Zealand has ruled that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face copyright infringement and other charges.

His legal team said soon after the order by Judge Nevin Dawson in Auckland that it looked forward to a review of the U.S. request for extradition by a High Court. Megaupload counsel Ira Rothken wrote in a tweet that the decision rendered the New Zealand "ISP criminal copyright safe harbor illusory."

The case dates back to January 2012, when Dotcom and colleagues and two companies including the file-sharing site Megaupload, were indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia.

They were charged with engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement and money laundering, and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.

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