News from the Manor Vol 9

  1. EU Trade Secrets Directive approved: The European Parliament on April 14, 2016, voted in favor of the EU Trade Secrets Directive. The Directive introduces an EU-wide definition of “trade secret”, meaning information which is secret, has commercial value because it is secret, and has been subject to reasonable steps to keep it secret. The new EU rules are expected to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets. Following the approval of the Parliament, the Council should formally adopt the Directive at its next sitting on  May 17, 2016.Catch up on the full press release on the compromise reached in December, 2015 here
  2. MOPPICON Bill Review Committee Inaugurated: Despite the brouhaha that has arisen in respect of the MOPPICON Bill, the Minister for Information (Lai Mohammed) on April 12, 2016, inaugurated a a 29-member committee to review the Bill. As reported here, the Committee is headed by Peace Anyiam Osigwe who is assisted by Mahmood Ali Balogun. Brian Etuk of the Nigerian Film Corporation is the Secretary to the Committee. The committee is expected to review and harmonize the MOPPICON draft bill and code of ethics document within three weeks, ahead of its submission to the Ministry of Justice and then the National Assembly. More details here and here.
  3. Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) Granted a Royal Charter: Hearty congratulations to ITMA, which was granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty The Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council held on April 12, 2016. This means that ITMA will now become a Chartered Institute, that is, CITMA while Registered Trade Mark Attorneys of the Institute will now be Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys. The change will take place once the Charter receives the official Great Seal from the Crown Office later this year. More on that here.
  4. 2016 Winners of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award announced: The winners of the 2016 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing were announced at the London Book Fair on April 12, 2016. Elsevier won in the publisher category, , whilst the Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD), an NGO, and the DK Braille Concept Development Team (part of Penguin Random House) tied for first place in the project initiative category. More details here.
  5. Collective Rights Management (CRM) Directive Implemented into UK law:  In November 2015, the government published draft Regulations to implement the CRM Directive for technical review. Following this process, the UK published the final Regulations on February 25, 2016, which came into force on April 10. The Directive creates a level playing field for multi-territorial licensing of online music services. It is also designed to help make sure royalty payments are timely and accurate while significantly improving the transparency and governance of European CMOs. More details here.
  6. Speaking of Collective Rights Management, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya has advertised a vacancy for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The deadline for submission of applications is April 27, 2016. More on that here.



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