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Posted in e-commerce Peter WattsOliver Wilson

EU ends unjustified geoblocking

What has happened?

The European Union will end unjustified geoblocking for consumers wishing to buy products or services online within the EU before the end of next year.

What does this mean?

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached an agreement whereby consumers will be able to buy goods and services online from any EU country.

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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 Technology Peter Watts

Talking about the future

Our cross disciplinary London “Tech Hub” last night hosted a great dinner for clients. Greg Williams, Executive Editor of WIRED led a wide ranging discussion.   Given “Chatham House rules”, here’s a purely personal perspective on the debate.

We were inspired by the next wave of technologies – from autonomous vehicles to mixed reality. We were sometimes amused by the prospect … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Internet, Policy & Regulation Christian RitzFalk SchoeningPeter Watts

Fragmentation instead of level-playing field? How the German Government’s announced White Paper on digital platforms adds to regulatory uncertainty on topical issues of the digital economy after Brexit

Many digital platforms attract consumers and businesses on a global basis. It is a challenge for national regulators to enforce competition law and other regulatory provisions against such international players. Germany´s Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, argued in a similar way in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt on 5 October 2016. He took a stand on the … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

New UK Digital Economy Bill on the way

The UK Government has announced the key themes of a new Digital Economy Bill.

Reflecting an alignment in several  areas with the priorities of the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative, the Bill will have a number of areas of focus:

  • A potential new universal right to 10Mbps broadband with the possibility of speeds increasing the future
  • An overhaul of rules
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Posted in Broadcasting, Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Peter WattsWinston MaxwellJan BlockxMatthew Levitt

DSM Watch: Commission publishes geo-blocking issues paper

The European Commission’s newly published geo-blocking issues paper concludes that geo-blocking practices are widespread across sales of both consumer goods and digital content.

The Commission has reconfirmed its intention to look carefully at such practices under the EU competition rules particularly where underpinned by agreements. This suggests a range of distribution and licensing arrangements are likely to be subject to … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Digital Single Market (EU) Peter WattsCharlie HawesOliver Wilson

CJEU Debates Limits on TV Advertising in Europe

In its decision in Sanoma Media v Viestintävirasto the Court of Justice of the European Union signals a technical but potentially significant clarification in the application of the Audio Visual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.

This may trigger some national regulators to re-examine their approach and some broadcasters may, in turn, face pressure to adjust the amount of advertising content … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Peter Watts

UK Government Boosts Digital Health Initiatives for NHS England

This week the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the Government will be investing £4.2 billion in digital health initiatives. The investment is part of the Government’s latest drive to create a “paperless” National Health Service (NHS) by 2020.

The full details of the funding are still being agreed between the Department of Health and NHS England. … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Mark ParsonsPeter WattsPeter Colegate

Net Neutrality: The Emerging Debate in Asia

Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore permit net neutrality traffic control measures as long as they are fair and open.  In contrast, South Korea permits network operators to block traffic or charge extra fees to the users of certain applications.  The different policy approach in South Korea may be due to the country’s desire to be the world leader in 5G … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

UK Stamp Duty boost for tech companies

There should be no ‘Monday blues’ for UK start-ups and their investors as the new stamp duty exemption for securities trading on growth markets comes into effect today. The exemption was announced in last year’s budget and is intended to incentivise investor participation in the UK’s small and medium sized quoted businesses, some of which comprise ambitious tech companies seeking … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter WattsConor Ward

European Commission proposes “Connected Continent” legislative reforms for telecoms sector

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a legislative package for a “Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market”.

The package proposes a range of reforms to be rolled out over the next 3 years, subject to approval by the European Parliament.  Global Media and Communications Watch will feature a longer post shortly but key elements include:

  • A single
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Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet Peter WattsPenny Thornton

The Court of Justice of the European Union has handed down its judgment in ITV Broadcasting Ltd (and others) v TV Catchup Ltd.

The Court of Justice of the European Union Rules in ITV Broadcasting Ltd (and others) v TV Catchup Ltd.

In an important case that re-enforces the breadth of the basic rights of broadcasters and content owners to control the distribution of content by alternative technical means, the CJEU recently ruled that live internet streaming of a free-to-air television channel … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Insights into future UK policy

UK minister Ed Vaizey today sketched the Government’s approach to some areas of media and communications policy ahead of a formal White Paper expected in the first half of 2013.

Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention he provided insights on areas including;

  • Spectrum: Alongside explicit recognition of the critical importance of spectrum, the Minister emphasised a continued focus on freeing
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Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Hogan Lovells TMT Wins Two Awards in One Week

Two members of our global team, with bases as far apart as Italy and Hong Kong, were recognised last week as leading TMT lawyers in separate awards.

Gabriela Kennedy, based in Hong Kong, won ‘Best in TMT’ for the second consecutive year at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards which honour the outstanding achievements of … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation Peter Watts

Current UK Media Ownership Rules Reaffirmed By Regulator

In a report to Government  UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has concluded that, subject to its own recent recommendations  on the operation of the media plurality test, no immediate changes should be made to the UK rules on media ownership.

This was a regular review which Ofcom is required to undertake every three years. It looked at the following … Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

UK 4G Auction launched

 UK communications regulator Ofcom has taken another significant step on the road to 4G services being fully deployed across the UK.

The long running industry wrangles that have delayed 4G were finally resolved by a government brokered agreement last month.

Ofcom has now published the regulations and timetable that will govern the auction. The regulations set a provisional date for … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

Breakthrough for UK 4G Roll Out

The latest agreement between the UK mobile industry and regulators represents a significant step toward the roll out of near-universally available 4G mobile coverage.

Introduction of 4G in the UK has been long dogged by differences between the operators through which regulator Ofcom has struggled to steer a successful course. Most recently, Ofcom was drawn into controversy by its decision … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Broadcasting, Data Protection & Privacy, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Peter Watts

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