The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently issued two reminders to the gambling industry around various key principles in connection with social responsibility and the use of animals in advertising. The ASA also intends to provide an update in mid-2021 on the outcome of its 2020 public consultation on proposals to introduce new strengthened rules and guidance to better protect children and young and vulnerable people from potential harm relating to gambling advertising.
The government is proposing law changes to boost ongoing efforts to improve rural connectivity. It says that the reforms will reduce build time and costs for new infrastructure while protecting rural areas by minimising any visual impact. Under the proposals, mobile companies will be allowed to make new and existing masts up to five metres taller and two metres wider than currently permitted.
In July 2020 the government announced that it planned to change the law to make smart products more secure and published a call for views on its proposals. Having received 110 responses from organisations and individuals, the government has now published its response. The government says that it will legislate, when parliamentary time allows, to create a new robust scheme of regulation to protect consumers from insecure connected products.
The Performing Right Society (PRS) Limited recently issued proceedings against Qatar Airways Group QCSC for global copyright infringement concerning the use of PRS's repertoire works in Qatar Airways' in-flight entertainment system. PRS claimed that this involved two acts which required PRS's licence as the copyright owner – namely, public performance and communication to the public. It sought injunctive relief to restrain such infringement and damages.
Ofcom recently published a statement on how it will regulate the wholesale markets that underpin landline and mobile phone calls in the United Kingdom between April 2021 and March 2026. To continue to protect customers from high prices, Ofcom will cap termination rates for calls made and received in the United Kingdom, based on the cost of connecting a call.