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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

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

Europe: Blockchain – The virtual currency Bitcoin

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. Whoever thinks of blockchain also has inevitably bitcoins in mind. The Internet currency is largely based on the blockchain technology and it is therefore one of the most obvious

EU institutions vote for more books for blind and visually impaired people

Four years after signing the Marrakesh Treaty (introduced by the WIPO) to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled, the EU institutions finally voted for its implementation. With over 600 votes, the European Parliament adopted the final compromise on 6 July 2017. The European Council ratified

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

DSM webinar highlights – copyright and more for 2017

In a February 7, 2017 webinar, the Hogan Lovells Digital Single Market (DSM) team presented its take on new developments for 2017. Nils Rauer was among the speakers and commented on the Commission’s efforts to regulate large video sharing platforms, both through the proposed copyright directive, which would impose heightened obligations on platforms to fight

Webinar recording: Digital Single Market – The New European Copyright

On Friday, 23 September 2016, we held a well-received webinar on the Commission’s latest package of legislative initiatives in the copyright environment. This included a concise review and summary of the six draft directives, draft regulations, communications and impact assessments the commission has bundled in its “Second Copyright Package” as published on 14 September 2016.

Webinar recording: The Brexit Effect on European TMT and the Digital Single Market

Last week, four Hogan Lovells partners met virtually and discussed the impact of Brexit on the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy as announced on 6th of May 2015 (COM(2015) 192 final) and as currently put into practice by way of numerous legislative initiatives. Don McGown (London), Winston Maxwell (Paris), Nils Rauer (Frankfurt) and Falk Schoening

EU: Future-proofing privacy – A guide to preparing for the EU Data Protection Regulation

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is finally with us. All change. All affected. Now is the time to pay attention. Businesses have two years to prepare for the new GDPR, which will become fully enforceable on 25 May 2018. Our Privacy and Cybersecurity team has issued an up to date practical guide,

EU Trade Secrets: breaking news – European parliament passes trade secrets law with wide support: in force across EU by 2018

Earlier today, the European Parliament voted by a large majority of MEPs (503 to 131) for the enactment of the long-awaited EU Directive on  trade secrets.   The text of the Directive has already been informally agreed to by the Member States’ Council of Ministers, so its passage into EU law is now something of a

DSM Watch: Commission identifies two trends from responses to SatCab Directive consultation but extending to online splits opinion

In August 2015 the EU Commission started a public consultation regarding the review of the Satellite and Cable Directive. The EU commission has now released its views on the first preliminary trends of the public consultation Background For an overview of the Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy take a look at our earlier blogs

Germany: Adblock Plus – Third court ruling rejects claims against Eyeo

On 29 September, the District Court of Cologne became the third court in Germany to issue a decision in relation to the trilogy of actions launched by large publishers against adblocking software Adblock Plus. The court rejected publisher Axel Springer’s action against Eyeo GmbH, the German company behind AdBlock Plus. In doing so, the Cologne court agreed with

DSM Watch: Copyright Report approved by Legal Affairs Committee of EU Parliament. Whole EP to vote on 9 July

Following amendments voted on by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee yesterday, a somewhat watered-down version of its report on the implementation of the EU’s 2001 InfoSoc/Copyright Directive* will go forward for further likely amendment and vote by the full Parliament on 9 July 2015.  The full text of the report adopted by the committee,

EU: No res judicata from OHIM’s opposition decisions

General Court decision of 23 September 2014 – TEGO / MEGO, T-11/13)  The judgment of the General Court concerned a cancellation action brought by Tegometall International based on numerous registrations for the trade marks TEGO and TEGOMETALL against the Community trade mark “MEGO” for furniture and metal shelving. In an unusually short (4 pages) judgment

EU: Council publishes its view on the draft Trade Secrets Directive

On 26 May 2014 the EU Council adopted a slightly different approach to the Trade Secrets Directive than the Commission which has led to the Council proposing a number of significant changes to the draft While the definition of “trade secret” remains unchanged, the Council has redefined the criteria that could lead to the “acquisition,

EU: The case of the striped shirt – good news for holders of Community designs

(CJEU, Judgment of 19 June 2014 in Case C-345/13, Karen Miller Fashions v Dunnes Stores) The assessment of whether a Community design has individual character must be based on whether or not the design produces a different overall impression to the prior art with reference to earlier designs taken individually, and not to a combination