This is a round-up of some interesting recent links about law and policy. It is a subjective list and does not pretend to be comprehensive.
The Home Office announced that Taser use had increased up to 2011. The Guardian analysed the data and also reported on worries about the increase. The IPCC issued a statement stating their “concerns about some of the ways and circumstances in which the Taser is used, bearing in mind that each use must be justified“.
However, there is no doubt some truth in the satirical site NewsThump’s take: Tasers are brilliant fun and no-one can believe their use has only doubled in the last two years, according to Home Office officials.
Rule of law
Some of the best, most powerful legal writing is now appearing in the London Review of Books. Two recent examples, both on the rule of law, are this book review by Stephen Sedley (perhaps the greatest appeal judge of recent years) and this blogpost by Francis Fitzgibbon – excellent, must-read pieces.
Major public sector IT projects, unless something exceptional happens, tend to be be failures. So far, “Universal Credit” has not been one of these exceptions. The scathing National Audit Office report is here and comments by Tony Collins, a journalist with long experience of reporting on such failures are here. He has also posted on the reason why many government IT projects fail.
One of the trickiest areas of intellectual property law is the use and exploitation of “characters”, as opposed to the protection of any works in which the character is portrayed. The latest in a sequence of cases is that of Ghost Rider, where litigation between Marvel and the character’s creator is reported to have settled.