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On 25 February 2015, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that it is changing the laws with regard to nuisance calls. 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) currently has the power to impose heavy fines of up to £500,000 on companies that make marketing calls or messages if the ICO can prove that these unwanted calls or messages caused, or had the potential to cause, ‘substantial damage or distress’. However, from 6 April 2015, this requirement will be removed, allowing the ICO to intervene in more cases and penalise those companies that are breaching the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations but fall below the current legal threshold. 


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Last month, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down its judgment in the highly publicised legal battle between pop star Rihanna, and fashion giant Topshop and its parent company Arcadia Group Brand Ltd (Topshop).  The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s July 2013 decision that Topshop’s sale of t-shirts showing a photograph of Rihanna – without her consent – constituted passing off.


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