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Investing in China’s TMT sector: What you need to know

China is a market that represents a paradox for many telecoms, media and technology (“TMT“) companies. On the one hand it offers the promise of almost unlimited growth potential if you get the product right, but on the other it presents huge challenges from the regulatory and compliance perspective in terms of establishing a foothold

20-year legal dispute over two seconds of music: CJEU on the never-ending sampling story

German courts have been dealing with the Metall auf Metall [song by the German band Kraftwerk] case for two decades. Recently, the CJEU, too, has had to deal with the case and ruled by judgment of 29 July 2019 (C-476/17) that unless the phonogram producer consents, sampling constitutes an infringement of his rights. However, the

EU Advocate General Opinion in Spedidam: rights of performers

On 16 May 2019, the CJEU Advocate General delivered his opinion in Spedidam, following the request for a preliminary ruling from the French Supreme Court on whether the French legal framework allowing the French National Audiovisual Institute (“INA“) to use the performances of performers without their written agreement is in compliance with European law. The

Pirates of the Caribbean copyright suit must walk the plank

The Central District of California recently sank a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company’s Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, finding that numerous elements of the Plaintiffs’ allegedly similar screenplay were either lifted directly from the eponymous ride at Disney’s theme parks or constituted unprotected scènes-à-faire common to all tales about pirates. Disney’s

DSM Watch: Implementing the new Copyright Directive in France

The Copyright Directive (“the Directive”) came into force on 7 June 2019. Member States now have two years to implement it. Amongst the key provisions, Article 15 (former Article 11) creates neighbouring rights for press publishers (see here for an in-depth analysis by DSM watch). In this article we look at the implementation of the

German withholding taxes in “total buy-out” IP agreements

In a recently published decision, the German Federal Tax Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH) clarified for the first time that a remuneration for the complete transfer of rights in the context of a “total buy out” against a one-off flat-rate remuneration by a foreign rights holder can trigger a deduction obligation for taxes on the part of

Russia CIS: 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide in Technology, Media, and Telecoms

A team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells contributed to the 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide in Technology, Media, and Telecoms. They provided legal commentary and insights on TMT industry trends and developments impacting businesses in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The chapter “TMT Trends and Developments in Russia” provides an overview of mass

Webinar recording: From homes to stadiums – Brand presence in esports

Last month, our IP Outlook webinar series looked at the emerging opportunities and risks for brand owners exploring opportunities in the esports market: from innovative advertising and marketing activities during tournaments and within games, sponsorship of tournaments or teams, to merchandise and fan items. The recording of the webinar is now available to watch here. What

DSM Watch: new rules for online transmissions of TV and radio programmes

On 15 April the Agriculture and Fisheries Council formally adopted the Directive on online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of TV and radio programmes (the “Directive”), following the European Parliament’s first-reading adoption on 28 March (which also amended the proposed Regulation to a Directive). Broadly, the Directive aims to facilitate the cross-border transmission, within

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive clears the finish line

Today the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Copyright Directive (the “Directive”), ending a negotiation process which first started with the Commission’s proposal for a new Directive in early 2016. After publication in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States will have two years to implement the Directive. In Council the UK

DSM Watch: Copyright Directive press publishers’ rights: final edition of Article 11 is now Article 15

Yesterday (26 March 2019) the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, the EP’s adopted text will become EU law. Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws. DSM Watch has

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive passed by European Parliament

Today a short time ago the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, it will become EU law. Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws. Despite substantial opposition from blocks of MEPs

DSM Watch: Navigating Article 13 of the Copyright Directive

On 13 February 2019 the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finally agreed the text of the long-awaited draft Copyright Directive* (COM(2016)593) (“Directive“). The next step will be a vote in the EU Parliament on the agreed text on 26 March 2019. Ahead of that decisive vote, DSM Watch takes a deeper dive into

U.S. Supreme Court adopts “registration approach” for copyright infringement actions

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC that copyright owners must wait for the Copyright Office to formally grant, or refuse to grant, a copyright registration before filing an infringement lawsuit. This decision settles a longstanding circuit split over when copyright owners can bring suit, with some

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive, the big picture

Agreement on a compromise text for the new Copyright Directive was reached between Member State government representatives, EU Parliament representatives and the EU Commission last week (see our “Breakthrough” post). On 20 February 2019, EU Governments formally voted, by a majority, to approve that compromise text: Italy, Poland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland opposed it;

Global IP Outlook 2019 – Two steps forward and a look back

2018 posed new opportunities and challenges for IP-rich businesses, with major new legislation introduced in Europe to govern trademark and trade secret protection; significant and transformational case law in the U.S., and the confirmation of new planned IP-specific legislation for several jurisdictions in Asia. We’re here to help you keep abreast of these changes and

EU Copyright Directive: Breakthrough

Last night the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finally agreed the text of the long-awaited draft Copyright Directive. This followed a breakthrough compromise on the liability of platforms for making available user-uploaded content (Article 13). See our earlier blog of yesterday. The next step will be a vote in the EU Parliament on

DSM Watch: Crunch time for the Copyright Directive

Debate on the shape of the draft Copyright Directive between the EU legislative institutions appears this week to be in the final stretch. One of the last bones of contention between the negotiators is the draft’s highly controversial Article 13. A recently leaked document (read it here) provided an insight into the negotiations and the

No Deal Brexit and Copyright – Part 2: Orphan Works

Towards the end of last year the UK government published draft legislation on copyright, which will come into force if there is a no-deal Brexit. We are publishing a series of blogs on the impact of the Copyright SI. In this blog we look at the impact on orphan works. Purpose of the Copyright SI

U.S. Music Modernization Act: Copyright law changes its tune

Over the years, tastes have shifted from bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to more electronically-produced sounds. But no matter your opinion of Justin Bieber’s or Lady Gaga’s artistic chops, there’s no doubt music – and the industry that supports it – has evolved. And, as music changes, so must the laws and regulations

IPunkt – German language (Deutsch) IP newsletter

Our German network is delighted to provide IP news and updates in German language. Please click the link below to read the latest IPunkt edition. IPunkt – Deutsch (German language) German language IP news is also regularly published on our cross-practice DE blog