IP & IT Bytes: Paywall-circumventing hyperlinks: communications to the public

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that EU member states can legislate to categorise the provision of paywall-circumventing hyperlinks that enable free...

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On 15 January 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU") gave a preliminary ruling in the case of Ryanair Ltd...

What are the consequences of banning unjustified geoblocking in the European audiovisual industry?

The European Commission revealed its strategic plan for a Digital Single Market (DSM) on 6 May 2015 (the document is available to view here)...

Digital Single Market: EU-wide consultation on online platforms has launched

The EU Commission has opened its online platforms (Digital Single Market) consultation, giving digital businesses three months to shape the agenda on issues ranging...

Early stage digital businesses face some common due diligence issues

Ali Ramadan, senior Associate in the Venture Capital Practice at Bird & Bird who works with investee companies and investors on equity and growth...

Product Placement

The digital media landscape is evolving fast, with technology and consumer interest developing at a pace that challenges regulatory bodies. One example is product...

The Swedish police may not search IT equipment of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet in...

The Swedish Supreme Court recently rejected a request from the Prosecutor-General for a search warrant against certain IT equipment stored at the Swedish newspaper...

Preliminary questions for the ECJ in relation to Playboy photos

On 7 April 2015, the Dutch Supreme Court referred the case GS Media/Sanoma to the ECJ (Footnote1).  Following Svensson (Footnote2) and BestWater (Footnote3), it...

Potential rule changes for song licensing in the United States

The Department of Justice ("DOJ") in the United States is currently undertaking a review of the antitrust agreements (consent decrees) regulating ASCAP and BMI,...