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Copyright Licensing Agency

The agency’s site explains its work and explains the law on copying, including when a licence is needed. Usefully, the search tool lets you see what can be copied, shared or re-used legally with a CLA licence by typing in the title or ISBN. 

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Provides free access to full text of all US patents in PDF format, partial European data and a selection of blogs and pieces from some of the very best blogs/sites in IP in the US and worldwide.  The "Crazy Patents!" page is also quite amusing.

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Intellectual Property Office

This government portal replaces the previous separate official sites and contains similar material including summaries of the law relating to various IP rights (including patents, trade marks, designs, copyright) and, very usefully, a good set of legislative materials in this area.

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Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

The  Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) co-ordinates the assignation of Internet domain names and offers a domain names dispute resolution service as well as news on technical developments.  You can also look up the registration data for domain names here.

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Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions

This resource, authored by Martin H Samson, features summaries of over 600 court decisions on cases shaping the law of the Web (albeit mainly in the USA), often with links to the full decision. Excellent resource.  You can (and probably should) subscribe for free to the Internet Law Update electronic newsletter.

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