On 7 June 2019 a  European Directive came into force amending the 1993 ‘Cable and Satellite’ Directive. Its effect was to:

  • extend the EEA ‘country of origin’ rights clearance principle to a limited set of online broadcast and catch-up services;
  • extend the mandatory collective rights management of retransmission from cable distribution to all forms of retransmission; and
  • provide statutory clarification of the legal treatment of ‘direct injection’.

What is the reasoning behind the reform?

In an ever growing digital world, consumers are moving away from their traditional satellite or cable radio and television sets in favour of online television and radio content. This  trend left the 1993 Directive (which only facilitates cross-border cable and satellite broadcasting) outdated.

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The scope of the EU Digital Copyright Directive approved this week by European Parliament is broad. With most media attention having been devoted to the controversial “link tax” (Article 11) and “meme ban” (Article 13), other measures in the Directive which strengthen the position of authors and performers should not be forgotten. This post looks ‘behind the headlines’ to explain these other measures.

Continue Reading EU Copyright Reform: good news for authors and artists behind the headlines…

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament approved the EU Copyright Directive.

What happens next?

Member states will have two years to implement the directive at a national level once adopted.

The news will not please the large online content aggregators which have been extensively lobbying against the implementation of the Copyright Directive. The controversial Article 13 (the so-called “Meme Ban”) has been one of the main reasons for the aggregators’ objections because it is argued that Article 13 encourages censorship and impedes internet freedom.

For an overview of the also controversial so called ‘Link Tax’ (Article 11) see our prior blog post.

Continue Reading EU Copyright Reform: EU Parliament approves proposal including controversial articles 11 and 13

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament approved the EU Copyright Directive.

Article 11 of the revised EU Copyright directive prohibits online content providers from linking to news outlets/publications without the prior authority of the publisher – the so called “Link Tax”. This means that for an online content provider to be able to link to a news article on their site, it will need a licence from the publisher. It may also need to pay for the right to use the article (unless the publisher waives this right).

What is the aim behind Article 11?

Article 11 improves the bargaining position for publishers. Currently, online content providers are permitted to freely link to news articles on their websites without the publisher’s prior consent and without providing remuneration to the publisher for use of its publication. Article 11 seeks to level the playing field between publishers and online content providers. Publishers will become entitled to negotiate fair licensing agreements and remuneration for use of their works online.

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on 26 March 2019 the European Parliament approved the draft EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. The copyright reforms have sparked large scale controversy amongst the tech giant community, condemning the reforms as impractical and burdensome. Whereas many (not all) authors and members of the performing artist industry have welcomed such proposals, favouring fairer protection and remuneration for their works.

What is the purpose of the Directive?

Digital technology has changed the way content is reproduced and accessed. Content is now largely accessed via online platforms such as Google, YouTube or Facebook. The aim of the Copyright Directive is to modernise the current copyright rules in line with an ever growing digital world where content is predominately accessed online.

Continue Reading EU Copyright Reform: copyright rules for a digital world?

Thousands of European and US companies will have been relieved by the recent announcement that the EU-US Privacy Shield (the framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data) is secure for another year.

However, it may be premature to rejoice: the EU Commission’s review highlighted two key issues:

  1. the continued reluctance by the US to institute fundamental safeguards for individuals’ personal data; and
  2. the imminent need to appoint an independent ombudsman.

Coupled with the impending European court ruling in Schrems II – is the Privacy Shield’s demise only a matter of time?

Continue Reading EU-US Privacy Shield: Safe for another year—but trouble lies ahead

Data-driven technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and other complex algorithms, have the potential to enhance patient care and catalyse medical breakthroughs. However, these technologies are heavily reliant on data, which poses challenges in ensuring that patient information is handled in a safe, secure and legally compliant way. Continue Reading UK guidance for developers of health care software and technologies

In today’s judgment, the UK Supreme Court held that rights-holders should bear the costs of implementing website blocking injunctions to prevent IP infringement. The judgment overturns the practice adopted by the English courts since 2011 of requiring internet service providers, as innocent intermediaries, to bear these costs.

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A recent judgment of the European Court makes it clear that in many circumstances more than one party may be a joint data controller. Whilst the judgment pre-dates the GDPR, its consideration of what constitutes ‘control’ and ‘joint control’ remains good law under the GDPR. The judgment means that parties who may have considered themselves ‘data processors’ in the past should review whether they are in fact ‘joint data controllers’ with others. Continue Reading Are joint data control relationships now the norm rather than the exception?

On 29 November 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) confirmed that, under the Copyright Directive (the Directive), the making available of copies of television programmes saved in the cloud must be authorised by the holder of the copyright or related rights. Continue Reading ECJ confirms rights holders can stop cloud-based television recording services