Postman Pat and… the law of merchandise

Back in 1994 the journalist Nick Davies wrote a fascinating piece about John Cunliffe, the creator of Postman Pat, who has just died. Davies described how Cunliffe sold his rights to his creation: “[Cunliffe] agreed that Woodland Animations could make films and produce merchandise, while he would still have the right to produce books providing they…

Government Response to UK Advertising in a Digital Age Report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has made a series of recommendations on UK Advertising in a Digital Age. The Government has issued its response to the recommendations “for which the Government is directly responsible.” The Committee recommended (Recommendation 2) that where businesses fail to self-regulate adequately, the Government should propose legislation to…

Ofcom opens New Programme into Mobile Providers’ Compliance

Ofcom has recently started an own initiative monitoring and enforcement programme into compliance with the charge control requirements (i.e. mobile termination rate caps) imposed by the significant market power (“SMP”) condition M3. This condition is contained in Annex 3 of Ofcom’s Statement entitled “Mobile Call Termination Market Review 2015-18”, published on 17 March 2015. SMP…

Tim Cowen co-authored ‘A Level Playing Field for the Digital Ecosystem’ of Fundación Telefónica. English version now available for download.

Tim Cowen co-authored the book ‘A Level Playing Field for the Digital Ecosystem’, published by Fundación Telefónica. Tim’s contributed with a chapter on ‘Anti-trust in the EU digital markets: A case study’, where EU competition law policy and U.S. federal antitrust law were placed in comparative perspective. The English version of the book has been…

Thinking and writing and advising about Brexit

As well as being a senior consultant here at Preiskel, I am a writer and journalist about law and policy matters.  Since June I have been writing a lot about Brexit. Brexit is, for me, fascinating.  There is complexity, as it brings together policy and law, trade and economics, and political and constitutional issues.  And…