McCutcheon on The Misconception of Literary Characters as Copyright Works @UWALawSchool

Jani McCutcheon, University of Western Australia Law School, is publishing Works of Fiction: The Misconception of Literary Characters as Copyright Works in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA. Here is the abstract. This article critiques US jurisprudence, commentary and industry practice suggesting that fictional literary characters constitute separate copyright works distinct from the literary works in which they are situated. The scholarship on this jurisprudence tends to lament the ambiguity of the courts’ character delineation standards, and the inconsistency of court decisions applying them, but rarely, if…

Tobia on Testing Original Public Meaning @kevin_tobia

Kevin P. Tobia, Yale University; ETH Zurich, has published Testing Original Public Meaning. Here is the abstract. Various interpretive theories recommend using dictionaries or corpus linguistics to provide evidence about the “original public meaning” of legal texts. Such an interpretive inquiry is typically understood as an empirical one, aiming to discover a fact about public meaning: How did people actually understand the text at the time it became law? When dictionaries or corpora are used for this project, they are empirical tools, which might be reliable or unreliable instruments. However,…

BTL range refreshed at Aldermore

Specialist Bank, Aldermore, has announced today that it has cut rates on its 5 year BTL fixed remortgage products for individual and company landlords. According to the lender, the updated products are available immediately with no product or valuation fees and include a 5 year fixed rate 75% LTV remortgage reduced by 0.20% from 4.18% to 3.98% and a 5 year fixed rate 80% LTV remortgage reduced by 0.20% from 4.78% to 4.58% for Individual landlords. Company landlords submitting remortgage applications through Aldermore’s…

Top tips for a successful home insurance claim

GoCompare offers tips on how to avoid joining the 1 in 6 who have had household insurance claims rejected The darker nights of autumn and winter typically mean an increase in burglary rates and weather-related insurance claims. GoCompare Home Insurance shares five tips to help ensure that, should the worst happen, you don’t end up adding to the 17% of household insurance claims that are rejected every year. Georgie Frost, consumer advocate at GoCompare Home Insurance, commented: “Home insurance claims generally arise during…

Shelter Scotland launches ‘Toolkit for Tenants’

Shelter Scotland has announced the launch of a new online toolkit that aims to help tenants navigate the rental system. The Toolkit for Tenants has received funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust and contains a series of guides for Scottish tenants covering deposits and housing costs to repairs, inventories and tenancy agreements. It also includes training for tenants who want to know more about the private rented sector. SafeDeposits Scotland Trust made a grant of £28,083 to Shelter Scotland earlier this year after…

Stamp duty reforms prompt FTB mortgage uptake

The latest research by MoneySuperMarket has shown that first-time buyers are taking full advantage of the changes made to stamp duty laws in the 2017 Budget. The new changes now mean that properties worth up to £500,000 pay no stamp duty on the first £300,000. However, data from MoneySuperMarket – taken from over 460,000 mortgages across 2017 and 2018 – reveals an initial slump in new homeowners in the first few months under the new law, with an average of 581 first-time buyer mortgages…

Brexit continues to dominate top property industry concerns

As Brexit looms, a new survey commissioned by Crowe UK identifies the biggest concerns facing the UK property industry and provides a unique snapshot of views across the sector. Crowe’s survey, which asks property developers and investors across the country for their views on the state of the market in 2018 and outlook for the future, reveals UK businesses are increasingly concerned about the impact the current political and economic uncertainty will have on the industry. Brexit: reality bites With daily headlines…

Rental growth now outstripped by wage growth in all areas of the UK

The latest Landbay Rental Index has revealed that a typical tenant in the UK (excluding London) pays a third of their pre-tax monthly pay on rent. According to the figures, renters in the UK (excluding London) earning a typical monthly salary of £2,317, before tax, are paying out £769 a month for the average rental property in the UK. Wage growth has outstripped rental growth in all regions of the UK, improving affordability across the board. In the year, average rental growth in…

A tale of “paraDublin activity”?

EU Law Analysis: The Case of the Administrative Arrangement on Asylum-Seekers between Greece and Germany: A tale of “paraDublin activity”? The Case of the Administrative Arrangement on Asylum-Seekers between Greece and Germany: A tale of “paraDublin activity”? Stathis Poularakis, Legal advisor – Advocacy Officer Médecins du Monde – Greece* *An earlier version of this article was published in Greek on immigration.gr blog. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Médecins du Monde –…

How can landlords be so optimistic during such a supposedly challenging time?

A recent survey that was picked up by quite a few of the property trades brought, I would imagine, some much needed light relief for landlords in the UK. After months of reading headlines about a mass exodus of landlords with thousands of landlords said to be fleeing the sector, the survey by investor forum and advice website The Property Hub painted a very different story. It revealed that almost 80% of landlords actually planned to buy more property in 2019 while 70%…