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Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Alastair ShawPenny ThorntonDr. Nils Rauer

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council.  The Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market ((EU) 2017/1128), to give it its formal title, has … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Falk SchoeningKay Jebelli

Sharing Economy: European Parliament call for EU level guidance on employment and social security questions

To regulate or not to regulate: This question becomes relevant for the sharing economy after last week’s European Parliament resolution calling for clear EU guidelines on the collaborative economy. The resolution is a response to the European Commission’s Communication on “A European agenda for the collaborative economy” from June 2016 which took a light or even non-regulation approach regarding … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauPenny Thornton

Europe: Enforcement of IP Rights – A new hope for the Enforcement Directive?

The Digital Single Market is starting to take shape. A central part of this project is the reform of the European Copyright framework. But while it is apparent that the Directive 2004/48 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights is outdated and in dire need of an update there has not been much progress regarding the enforcement of IP rights. … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerPenny ThorntonEva Vonau

Digital Single Market: Commission takes stock at halftime

The European Commission is taking stock of what has been accomplished regarding its Strategy for a Digital Single Market. Two years ago, on 6 May 2015, Commissioners Oettinger and Ansip announced their strategy to create a single European market in the online world. Such market should rest on three pillars: (1) better access for consumers and businesses to digital … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Martin SuraChristoph WünschmannFalk SchoeningChristian Ritz

DSM Watch: Germany suggests ramping up regulation of Digital Platforms by establishing a “Digital Agency” with a robust antitrust mandate

Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a role model for a European protectionist approach against American and Asian platform providers?

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy seems to see a pressing need for regulation in digital markets. The White Paper … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauPenny Thornton

DSM Watch: Leaked European Parliament comments may modify press rights under Copyright Directive

The European commission published its last draft directive on the modernizing of the European copyright law (COM(2016) 593 final) on 14 September 2016. The draft was part of a larger strategy to bring about a single digital market within the European Union. Back then, the legislative proposal triggered quite some discussion given that its provisions touched upon more than one … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Peter WattsWinston MaxwellMathias SchönhausDina JubrailDr. Nils RauerMarco Berliri

DSM webinar highlights tax, competition law, copyright, AVMS and data economy issues for 2017

In a February 7, 2017 webinar, the Hogan Lovells Digital Single Market (DSM) team presented its take on new developments for 2017. Peter Watts introduced the session by warning that the loss of the UK voice in EU policy making could lead to rules that are less sensitive to business needs. Marco Berliri commented on the challenges currently facing large … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Penny ThorntonDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

EU Commission agrees new rules allowing Europeans to watch online content services across EU borders

On 7 February, negotiators for the European Parliament, Member States and the Commission agreed the proposal for a regulation on EU cross-border portability of online content services. This is the first agreement relating to the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed by the Commission as part of the Digital Single Market strategy.

Under the new rules, which will come into … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Penny ThorntonDr. Nils Rauer

EU Advocate General in favour of finding copyright infringement by indexing site The Pirate Bay

The cases that deal with the meaning of “communication to the public” continue: in a current reference for a preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) will have to decide whether the operators of websites that index content available on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, such as The Pirate Bay, infringe copyright when there is no actual content … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU)

Webinar Invitation: Digital Single Market: Highlights in 2017

The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy the EU Commission announced in May 2015 is about to spread its wings. 2016 saw it grow remarkably with legislative initiatives being pushed forward at various ends including the ban on geo-blocking, portability of online content (the so-called “Connectivity Package“), the “Copyright Package,” and most recently, the Commission published its … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Eduardo Ustaran

New Notice and Consent Rules under Proposed EU e-Privacy Regulation

The European Commission has released its proposal for a new EU e-Privacy Regulation that will replace the existing e-Privacy Directive.  The high level aim of the draft e-Privacy Regulation is to harmonise the specific privacy framework relating to electronic communications within the EU and ensure consistency with the GDPR. Compared to the existing Directive, the draft e-Privacy Regulation has broader … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Technology Timothy TobinWinston Maxwell

European Commission Outlines Data Sharing Strategy for Connected Vehicles

Connected vehicles today are rolling computers able to exchange information wirelessly with manufacturers, other vehicles, and third party service providers to significantly improve safety, efficiency, and comfort for drivers.  Many entities are interested in the data these connected vehicles generate and transmit.  These entities include dealers and repair shops, vehicle fleet service providers, end-users, infrastructure operators, diagnostics providers, researchers, financial … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Falk SchoeningKay Jebelli

European Commission eyes new European rules for Big Data and Competition law

Earlier today Margarethe Vestager, the European Competition Commissioner, delivered a speech about Big Data and Competition law. The Commissioner made several key points that emphasize the growing economic and competitive significance of data and data aggregation. More importantly, the Commissioner announces that she will propose a new EU Directive to ensure the consistent application of competition law on big … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Dr. Nils RauerEva VonauCamille Pecnard

Webinar recording: Digital Single Market – The New European Copyright

On Friday, 23 September 2016, we held a well-received webinar on the Commission’s latest package of legislative initiatives in the copyright environment. This included a concise review and summary of the six draft directives, draft regulations, communications and impact assessments the commission has bundled in its “Second Copyright Package” as published on 14 September 2016. Specifically, we touched … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology Mathias Schönhaus

E-Publications and VAT – the e-LEPHANT in the room

A recent opinion of the Attorney General Kokott in an ECJ case initiated by the Polish Constitutional Court sheds light on the contentious discrepancy in VAT rules between E-publications and printed ones. According to the Attorney General, the exclusion E –publications from lower-rate VAT does not distort the market, given the lower costs associated with e-publications. The view of the … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU)

Webinar invitation: Digital Single Market – The New European Copyright

There have been busy days in Brussels regarding the shaping of tomorrow’s copyright law in Europe. It took the Commission ten months to follow-up on its first package of copyright legislation released last December, with a second set of draft regulations and directives published on 14 September 2016.

The second legislative package truly touches upon almost everything that is hot … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce Falk SchoeningPeter Citron

European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry – increasing antitrust heat

Online sales are not only attracting the attention of consumers and tech businesses, but also increased review by antitrust regulators. The European Commission yesterday published a detailed 290 page preliminary report on its e-commerce sector inquiry.

While commenting on the release of the report, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that the report should be “a trigger for companies Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

DSM Watch: Legislative proposals on Copyright officially released

These are exciting days for copyright fans. Yesterday, the European Commission officially published a communication accompanied by several – long awaited – legislative proposals regarding the future of the European copyright law (see this press release). The content of the individual documents does not come as a surprise given that we have seen a number these documents leaked as … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

DSM Watch: Draft of Commission’s Copyright Communication leaked

It is a busy time in Brussels right now. Within the last few days, we have seen leaked drafts of a comprehensive staff working paper on the modernization of EU copyright rules, a draft copyright directive and a draft regulation on online transmission of broadcasts (see our respective blog post). At the end of last week, these were followed … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

DSM Watch: Draft of new Copyright Directive leaked

Apparently, summer season is over in Brussels. Already last week, a comprehensive staff working paper was leaked dealing with the European Commission’s aim to modernize copyright law within the EU. (see our respective blog post). Then on Wednesday, a first draft of the new Copyright Directive became public. It deals with, among other points, new and mandatory limitations … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Alastair ShawDr. Nils RauerEva Vonau

EU: DSM-Watch – Commission staff working document on copyright reform leaked

As part of the Commissions Digital Single Market Strategy, the European copyright rules are also under review. So far, a rather general communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” as well as a draft regulation on cross-border portability have been published (blog post series). This was in December 2015. Since then, particularly the draft regulation … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation

Webinar recording: The Brexit Effect on European TMT and the Digital Single Market

Earlier this week, four Hogan Lovells partners met virtually and discussed the impact of Brexit on the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy as announced on 6th of May 2015 (COM(2015) 192 final) and as currently put into practice by way of numerous legislative initiatives. Don McGown (London), Winston Maxwell (Paris), Nils Rauer (Frankfurt) and Falk Schoening (Brussels) … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Julie BrillBret CohenEduardo UstaranHarriet Pearson

Privacy Shield Receives Final Approval from European Commission—Some Initial Practical Advice

On 12 July 2016, the European Commission issued its much awaited “adequacy decision” concerning the Privacy Shield framework for the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S. This adequacy decision is based on the latest version of the Privacy Shield, which was further negotiated and revised following the Article 29 Working Party’s April 2016 concerns with … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Christopher ThomasLogan BreedGianni De Stefano

Non-compete clauses in M&A transactions: the EU Telefónica/Portugal Telecom judgments and some best practices

A non-compete obligation which is imposed on the seller in the context of a M&A transaction can be permissible when it is ancillary to the transfer of the relevant business, that is, when it is directly related and necessary to the implementation of the deal.  In order to enjoy the fruits of the purchase of the transferred business, the buyer … Continue Reading