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France is “stepping up its game” with the adoption of new esports regulatory rules

Whilst France officially recognised esports as a national sport in 2016, two recent decrees (adopted on 9 May 2017) constitute a significant milestone in the materialisation of...

How could blockchain technology disrupt the music industry?

What is a blockchain? At its core, a blockchain is a distributed database (meaning a database that is not stored centrally, with duplicate copies on thousands of...

eSports and child protection – what should sports bodies be doing?

Sport in the UK that involves children and young people has recently been in the spotlight in relation to allegations of abuse, particularly in the...

Copyright protection for factual compilations in Singapore: creativity alone is not enough

The need for creativity The words "telephone directory" do not normally conjure up any exciting images – except, that is, to a copyright lawyer. Mention...

Alex Norman discusses image rights in China

  Alex Norman, an Associate in Bird & Bird's Corporate and Commercial Group in Hong Kong, discusses Michael "Qiaodan" and image rights in China. This video...

Polish courts find that websites are liable for readers’ comments

The peculiar case of Roman Giertych – an attorney and former deputy prime minister – against the publisher of the tabloid newspaper "Fakt" continues...

NEWSFLASH – Copyright infringement: The Pirate Bay does communicate to the public

The CJEU today handed down its judgment in the case of Ziggo which concerned the well-known peer-to-peer file sharing platform – The Pirate Bay....

Multimedia player sellers and individual streamers beware! Filmspeler broadens scope for copyright infringement in...

The Filmspeler judgment specifically addresses the sale of multimedia players with pre-installed add-ons containing hyperlinks to unauthorised content.  The decision means that suppliers of...

UPDATED: Brexit and the Reciprocity Gap

In our 3 part video series on Brexit implications for media businesses we touched on some of the issues which the industry will be...

Bird & Bird APAC Sports Update 2: Sports Stars and Image Rights in China

Michael Jordan has achieved a lot in his life. He is a six-time NBA champion, a 14-time NBA All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP and...