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Influencing the UAE – the implications of the new National Media Council’s Regulations

World-class brands have recently been resorting to marketing their goods and services on social media platforms through the pages of “followed” and “trending” bloggers & influencers. It becomes a win-win situation...

Is HK9 the new CR7? Footballers and trade marks; who will be distinctive by...

In a recent ruling of the European General Court, Lionel Messi has followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson in successfully obtaining a trade mark for...

German influencer fights back against the German competition watchdog on the rules of influencer...

As previously reported by MediaWrites, the rules on influencer advertising in Germany are strict – something that influencers don’t like much. Recently, the German competition watchdog “Verband Sozialer Wettbewerb” (engl.: “Association for...

Taxation of the digital economy: Tax implications for high-tech and media companies

Background to the taxation of digital services As previously reported on MediaWrites (click here), the digital economy has become a concern for tax authorities at an international level. The BEPS Project, which...

Czech Data Protection Authority issues warning on marketing communications, consent, and databases acquired from...

What is the issue? Under the current Czech legislation, electronic contact details may be used for marketing communications only with users' prior consent (opt-in), or where statutory conditions are met and electronic...

ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Submissions Released

On 3 May 2018, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) published 57 submissions to its inquiry into digital platforms. As discussed in our earlier article on the inquiry, the public...

German Federal Supreme Court rules in favour of ad blockers and paid whitelisting

Since the digital revolution, online advertising has become a fundamental part of the revenue stream of most internet-based media services. This is particularly true for traditional "old media" publishers, whose once...

Digital Single Market update: Part 2, geo-blocking

Geo-blocking In May 2016 the EU Commission published draft regulations on geo-blocking with the aim of ensuring service providers do not treat customers any differently based on their nationality, country of residence...

Digital Single Market update: Part 1, Portability

Content portability – UK enforcement The Portability of Online Content Services Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/249) (UK Regulation) was laid before UK Parliament on 28 February 2018, and came into force on 1...

UK Government strengthens rules governing the online resale of tickets to live events

The issue Tickets for live events are generally made available for purchase at prices determined by an event organiser. However, these tickets are often bought in bulk and resold at inflated prices...

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