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Brexit: UK Cabinet backs the Withdrawal Agreement – but what does it say about IP?

Last night the UK Cabinet backed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed between the respective negotiating teams of the UK Government and the EU Commission. The Withdrawal Agreement covers the protection of existing unitary intellectual property rights in Articles 54 to 61. The detail has not changed in any material

Can a taste be protected by copyright in Europe?

This is, in essence, the fundamental question that has been submitted to the CJEU in the case C-310/17 (Levola Hengelo v. Smile Foods). The opinion of Advocate General Wathelet (read it here, no English version yet) released on 25 July 2018 is that the taste of food (in this case of cheese) is not protectable

A second market for “used” e-books – CJEU will decide

Ever since the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in its highly regarded UsedSoft ruling declared the resale of “used” software admissible (dated 3 July 2012, C-128/11), the discussion has persistently centered around the question whether the idea of the so-called exhaustion, upon which UsedSoft is essentially based, could or should be extended to other digital

DSM Watch: One step closer to a European copyright reform

After a long and intense debate – including several postponements – the Committee of Legal Affairs of the European Parliament (JURI) this morning finally agreed on its position on the draft DSM copyright directive. Of course, the plenary is still required to hand down its final vote on JURI’s report. And the trilogue amongst the

UK Supreme Court holds rights-holders should bear the costs of web-blocking injunctions

The Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in Cartier International AG v British Telecommunications Plc today. The Judges held unanimously that rights-holders should bear the costs of implementing website-blocking injunctions. In doing so, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal majority judgment. Although the case concerned blocking sites selling counterfeits, the judgment

DSM Watch: Copyright Directive moves a step closer as EU Council publishes agreed draft

On 25 May 2018, after months of discussions, the EU Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) finally agreed its position on the draft Copyright Directive (see the official press release here), although it has been suggested that Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Belgium and Hungary did not support it. The agreed text (read it in full

DSM Watch: EU Copyright reform – where do we stand?

Reform of EU copyright is the core of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy. Various legislative initiatives have been proposed but the “heart” of the reform is without a doubt the proposal for a new copyright directive. While there appears to be a growing consensus on the wording of most articles, a few key provisions

EU: Portability Regulation – important deadline of 2 June 2018

The Portability Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 came into force on 1 April 2018. Part of the EU Commission’s aim to establish a Digital Single Market, the Regulation facilitates cross-border portability of online content. It allows for subscribed content services to “travel” with the subscriber throughout the entire European Union. Be it movies, sport events, music, e-books,

DSM Watch: the new Copyright Directive – recent developments on the proposed Ancillary Right for Press Publishers

The European Parliament’s Rapporteur on the draft Copyright Directive (COM (2016) 593), Axel Voss, released proposed amendments to Article 11 and its corresponding recitals at the end of March. Mr Voss’s draft, for the shadow Rapporteurs on the Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), introduces a number of remarkable suggested changes, which diverge significantly from

DSM Watch: Regulation on Portability of Online Content comes into force 1 April 2018

This year’s Easter holiday brings with it a further milestone in the Commission’s endeavor to bring about a truly Digital Single Market: The Portability Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 comes into force on 1 April 2018. The Regulation facilitates cross-border portability of online content. It allows for subscribed content services to “travel” with the subscriber throughout the

Digital Single Market – New Copyright Directive advances

On 16 January 2018, the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council sought guidance from the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) regarding the long-debated Draft Copyright Directive. The queries focused on two issues that are still controversial: the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers (Article 11 of the draft) and the establishment of new monitoring

Draft regulation on online transmissions and retransmissions – EP ready to negotiate with Council and Commission

Drama at the European Parliament: whoever thought the dispute within the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) around the adoption of a new regulation dealing with online transmissions by broadcasters and retransmissions (COM(2016) 594 final) could not become more exciting when JURI voted on its final report at the end of November, was wrong. The rapporteur

Hague Judgments Convention: IP judgments still hang in the balance

Last month the November 2017 draft Hague Judgments Convention was published by the Hague Conference Special Commission following the third meeting of the Special Commission in the Hague between the 13th and 17th of November. The draft Convention is part of the Hague Conference on Private International Law “Judgments Project” which is aimed at developing

CJEU rules on Cloud Recorder: Transmission constitutes a communication to the public that requires the right holders consent

On 29 November 2017, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down a decision on a video recording service that stores TV programmes online in a cloud (C-265/16 – VCAST). According to the Court, the cloud recording service has a dual function that enables its users to create reproductions on the one hand but also

DSM Watch: Leaked Compromise Proposal by JURI on the Draft Regulation on Online Transmissions and Retransmissions by Broadcasters

Not long ago, we reported on the Committee on Legal Affairs’ (JURI) decision to temporarily postpone its final vote on the new Copyright Directive (COM(2016) 593). We also pointed to some other copyright-related initiatives the European Commission had initiated under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market which have come to a slight halt right

Digital Single Market: Draft Copyright Directive – What is the current state of the European ancillary copyright for publishers?

The ever-lasting discussion regarding the implementation of a European ancillary copyright for press publishers has now entered the next round. In March 2017, MEP Therese Comodini Cachia, who then was the rapporteur of the European Parliament’s committee on legal affairs (JURI), spoke out against such a right (report), after the Commission had envisaged such a

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council.  The Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market ((EU) 2017/1128), to give