FAST Legal Update Member Bulletin – September 2023

In this newsletter, we explore an update in the important copyright case of Wright & Ors v BTC Core & Ors, where a High Court decision was reversed; and the case of Meta Platforms Inc. v Bundeskartellamt, which imposed requirements in relation to the interpretation of the GDPR. This is followed by a summary of the updates to the Online Safety Bill which is currently making its way through parliament. Finally, we look at the UK’s Product Security and Telecommunication Act, as well as a High Court order awarded to Sky.

MHA Corporate Finance Team advises leading IT services provider Bechtle AG on acquisition of Tangible Benefit UK

Bechtle AG, one of Europe’s leading IT service providers, has agreed a deal to acquire London-based Tangible Benefit. Tangible Benefit is a well-known name in the industry, achieving revenues of some 70 million euros in its 2021/22 fiscal year. Its core business is hardware procurement including related plug-and-play services and software licensing, complemented by security and network […]

Federation Against Software Theft warns of uncertainties of second-hand software

FAST issues “buyer beware” warning Legal issues relating to Second Hand Software have been attracting attention for some time now.  Those issues appear to sit in a developing area of law and it is difficult to anticipate where the law will finally settle.   This happens at a time that FAST has had to terminate […]

HR policies need to address the issue of software compliance

Warning from FAST comes as leading training company found to be under-licensed by £28,000 The Federation Against Software Theft has urged HR directors to educate employees and update corporate software usage policies after it recently recovered over £28,000 in revenue from under licenses at a leading UK skills and training provider. The company, TLE is […]

Legal & Government Affairs Update September 2020

Global Privacy Expectations of Video Teleconference Providers Whilst the use of Video Teleconferencing (VTC) services isn’t novel or ground-breaking, we have seen an exponential growth in their usage across all sectors in the wake of COVID-19. Greater usage has resulted in increased sharing of personal information, which is particularly pertinent in the healthcare sector where […]

Whistle while you work: not likely if you work in Britain

We don’t care! Workforce unaware of whistle-blowing legislation designed to protect them and probably wouldn’t report malpractice anyway Over three-quarters of UK office workers would turn a blind eye to malpractice in the office and fail to report it, according to the latest research from the Federation Against Software Theft. The research also found that […]