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Just back from an incredible week at South by South West in Austin. After the encounter with conversational robots from my previous post (the robots made the front page of USA...

Copyright enforcement laws specify the remedies that rights holders can demand in cases of copyright infringement. These include demands to cease the infringement, to compensate for the loss, and to apologise....

Geoblocking has become a controversial topic... The European Commission sees unjustified geoblocking as an impediment to the Digital Single Market, whilst there is a broader perception that it contributes to an...
Music: My other hobby

It all started in 2014 when the DOJ initiated a review of the antitrust consent decrees regulating the activities of the two largest music performance rights organisations (PROs) in the United...

Open Wi-Fi and copyright - the CJEU McFadden decision The CJEU yesterday delivered its judgment in McFadden, concerning the liability for user copyright infringement of a shop providing free Wi-Fi. The CJEU...

The Apprenticeship Levy – how will it affect the media industry? What is the levy? From 6 April 2017, all employers with an annual pay bill over £3 million will be required to...

The Ministry of Law has launched a public consultation to seek views on proposed changes to Singapore's copyright regime.  As the last major overhaul of the Singapore Copyright Act was in...

Few other industries can have been as profoundly influenced, affected and reshaped by recent social and technological changes as the music industry. The decline of physical sales and struggles to adapt...

This week, a US district court jury cleared Led Zeppelin of claims that their iconic song Stairway to Heaven was copied from an earlier, lesser known, work, Taurus by Spirit. It...

On 15 January 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU") gave a preliminary ruling in the case of Ryanair Ltd v PR Aviation BV (Case C-30/14), which...

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  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...