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Geoblocking – EU Parliament approves new regulation

The regulation on measures against unjustified geoblocking is close to become binding law. After the European institutions had reached a compromise on some last open issues in last November, the European Parliament approved the revised draft regulation in its plenary session on Tuesday. The bill sailed through with 557 to 89 votes and 33 abstentions (press

Q&A: Why you should consider registering your copyright in Vietnam

Following our recent Q&A on copyright registration in China, we now turn to Vietnam where there is also a voluntary copyright registration system. Why register? Under the Law on Intellectual Property of Vietnam, copyright shall arise at the moment a work is created and fixed in a certain material form, irrespective of its content, quality,

Europe: Can new “hate speech” legislation set the mould for the Copyright Directive?

The phenomenon of so-called “Hate Speech” has been in the public eye for a while now, but particularly in German news. Hate speech denotes verbal attacks and accusations based on personal attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. Victims of such disgraceful conduct can be individuals or groups of individuals.

IP Newsletter- French language / Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #17 from January 2018 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

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

DSM: The Digital Single Market – ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar series #4, video

The EU Commission’s comprehensive Digital Single Market strategy was one of the hot topics relating to the ever-changing ‘connected world’ we covered in our ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar series. Al Shaw, Counsel in our London IPMT team, focussed on the content, copyright and broadcasting initiatives within it. Al explained that the Commission is reviewing the Audio-Visual

Q&A: Why you should consider registering your copyright in China

While not compulsory, getting a copyright registration in China can offer many benefits to IP owners. This article will give an overview of the copyright registration system in China. Copyright registration is also available in some other Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam. Why register? Copyright ownership in China arises automatically, upon completion of

Heavy jail sentence handed down on illegal set-top boxes sellers in Hong Kong

On 28 December 2017, the District Court of Hong Kong handed down sentences varying from 21 to 27 months’ imprisonment against 3 individuals who took part in a scheme that enabled users of the “Maige Set Top Box” (the “Maige Box“) to view pay TV channels for free.  This case sets one of the heaviest

DSM Watch: Leaked JRC Study calls into question neighbouring right for press publishers

The evolution of a new neighbouring right for press publishers is currently the subject of wide and heated debate. The European Commission proposed such a right in Article 11 of its proposal for a new directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (Draft Copyright Directive – COM(2016) 593 final). The European Parliament’s first approach

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

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

Blockchain: Use Case – Copyright

In this series of blog posts, we take a look at the current state of play regarding blockchain technology as well as the legal setting with a European and German focus. In the context of the digital use of copyrighted works, the concept of the “value gap” has been around for some time. The question is whether authors and rights

Webinar Invitation: Digital Single Market 2018 – It is becoming real!

The EU Commission announced its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy in May 2015. Since then, plenty of draft directives and regulations have been put on the table. Many of those will be enacted within the next weeks and months. The EU Parliament and Council are currently in the process of agreeing on last amendments to

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

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

U.S. : Digital Millennium Copyright Act – DMCA agent revamp, act now

 Online Service Providers (OSPs) must register under a new electronic system by December 31, 2017 but can, and should, as soon as possible. The U.S. Copyright Office has ditched the scanned paper system for registration of DMCA Agents. OSPs seeking safe harbor protections may now register using the new electronic system, which launched December 1,

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of digitalization, blockchain technology is all too often mentioned. A bright future is predicted for it even if the actual applications have, admittedly, been rare in practice so far.

German Federal Court rules on Google’s Image Search – Thumbnails III

On 21 September 2017, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) handed down a judgment of utmost importance for the exploitation of copyright on the Internet. It will become known and referred to under the name “Vorschaubilder III” (“Thumbnail III“). And, it is already to be anticipated that it will leave both experts and

Monkey See, Monkey Do… Monkey Own? The Curious Case of Naruto v. Slater

When wildlife photographer David Slater set up his camera in the rainforests of Indonesia, he hardly expected to ignite a copyright battle with a monkey. Nonetheless, the legal dispute between Slater and Naruto, a crested macaque represented by his “next friends,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) has captured the attention of the

“The Connected World”: Intellectual Value Event – London

Please join us on 17 October when we will be hosting our annual Intellectual Value seminar – this year focusing on ‘The Connected World’ and a variety of topics from across the Internet of Things. From factories to offices, vehicles to homes, smart technologies are transforming every aspect of our society – and they’re here to stay. Businesses need

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