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50% Off – New Guidance on Pricing Practices ‘Reduced’ to a Set of Common Sense Principles

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has produced a new pricing practice guide which moves towards a principle-based approach. The new guidance will take effect from April 2017 and covers a range of pricing...more

Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the Way We Create and Consume Content

Artificial intelligence (intelligence exhibited by machines; AI) is experiencing rapid growth, evident from last year’s record levels of investment in this industry. AI has also already taken centre stage this year by...more

Re-writing the copyright rulebook: analysing the European Commission’s copyright reform proposals

More than a year after the Commission announced its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, the Commission continues to press ahead in delivering concrete proposals. The latest – and arguably most significant yet – are its...more

Updating the AVMS Directive: making VoD services pay?

Our latest client alert on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy sets out some of the key aspects of the most recent proposal from the Commission relating to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and...more

Hyperlinking to unauthorised content does not itself constitute copyright infringement, says Advocate General

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has stated in a legal opinion that posting a link to a website that contains “freely accessible” copyright infringing content should not itself amount to copyright...more

Implementation of the CRM Directive – What does it mean for music users?

In 2014, the new Directive concerning the collective management of copyright was introduced. The Directive sought to overhaul the law regulating collecting societies and other rights management organisations in Europe. Since...more

Crowded Skies: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Drones

In this paper: - Advertising & Promotion - Aviation - Regulatory - Copyright (EU) - Employment and Labor - Export Controls - Film and Television (UK) - Film & Television...more

What are you implying?

Case law teaches contractors a valuable lesson when dealing with ownership of copyright. It is essential to deal with each party’s position, typically through a written copyright licence, to avoid pitfalls further down the...more

Music videos have been a grey area when it comes to certification and age ratings. The Lines have been Blurred, if you will…

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has been certifying theatrical films since 1912 (though in actual fact the ultimate power over a film’s classification in any particular cinema lies with the local authority who...more

The customer’s always right – how new UK consumer regulations will affect online digital content providers

On 13 June 2014, the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) will come into force and affect any UK businesses selling to consumers. The Regulations,...more

Collecting Societies Overhaul

With harmonisation of collective rights management in the EU having been on the European Commission’s agenda since as far back as 1995, 4 November 2013 saw the conclusion of negotiations concerning the Directive on collective...more

2/21/2014  /  Copyright , EU , European Commission , Music

Collecting Societies Join Forces to Modernise Music Licensing in Europe

Summary - ..GEMA, PRS for Music, and STIM will collaborate to streamline national and pan-European music licensing and processing ..The collecting societies plan to create a licensing hub containing all their...more

8/29/2013  /  EU , Licensing Rules , Music

A Tale of Caution: Know Your Intellectual Property Rights

On 17 May, Mrs Justice Asplin delivered a judgment in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The dispute concerned intellectual property rights in hedge fund computer software that was the "cornerstone of the...more

Oracle v Google Update: Is refusing copyright protection to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) the only way to achieve...

On 31 May 2012, U.S. District Judge William Alsup delivered a detailed judgement upholding the principle that APIs are not protected by copyright in the Oracle v Google case. Oracle filed an appeal to the ruling in October...more

Google Adwords: Use of competitors' keywords is okay... sometimes.

On 21 May 2013, Mr Justice Arnold delivered a detailed judgement in the Interflora v Marks and Spencer case on trade mark infringement as it relates to keyword advertising....more

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