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Audio porn and plain English consensual contracts

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1 The legal Twitterverse has been alive this week with discussions of a tweet by Kanye West about the value of plain English contract drafting. He said: We need Plain English contracts. A Lawyers Read more

Sales to consumers through online platforms: new rules to protect businesses

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1 I was reading over the weekend about a freelancer, who was making a living selling videos and other content through an online platform. They were doing pretty well, and had amassed a considerable Read more

gov.uk guidance on contracts: don't be a dick

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The UK government has published some guidance, "Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency". It's here. What it Read more

"Online interface orders": a new injunction against service providers

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Updated 19 May 2020: added a section on DNS blocking The Consumer Protection (Enforcement) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2020 were published yesterday, and they contain a new injunction which can be Read more

Can I reference COVID / coronavirus in my advertising?

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I'm not an ad man. In fact, I go out of my way to block online advertising, mostly because of the underlying surveillance which is used to target ads. But that’s a different issue, for another day. Read more

ISPs and comms providers: can I still go to the office / data centre / open the shop?

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This blogpost relates specifically to the regulations in place in England. If you are not in England, check your local regulations. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Read more

"I can't meet my obligations because of coronavirus"

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Yes, well, it was about time I wrote about coronavirus, I guess. I've been asked a few times "what happens if I can't meet my obligations because of coronavirus", or the opposite, "what happens if my Read more

Selling online to consumers: the right to cancel

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If you are a business selling goods, services, or digital content (music, films, software, ebooks and information, and so on) online to consumers in the UK, you'll want to know when and how consumers Read more

Late payment: small businesses, solos, and freelancers

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1 If you are a freelancer or a small business, getting paid the right amount, on time, is important. Cash flow, they say, is king. After all, you've done the work, so you expect to be paid for it — Read more