On January 12, 2017, prior to the new administration taking power, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce (Department) released a Green Paper on “Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things,” which assesses the technological and policy landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Green Paper is expansive in scope, reflecting the broad … Continue Reading
The internet has become today’s global trade route, and personal data is one of its major currencies. The growth in the digital economy is impressive. One study found that economic activity taking place over the internet is growing at 10% per year within the G-20 group of nations. In the United States alone, one estimate found that companies exported nearly … Continue Reading
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
The people of the UK have spoken and our collective choice is to leave the European Union. Some are dreading the likely tsunami of economic hardship. Others are excited about what may lie ahead. Most of us are shocked. But as numbing as the verdict of the UK electorate may be, there are crucial political, legal and economic decisions to … Continue Reading
Towards the end of 2015 the European Commission delivered two proposals for reforms to the EU’s e-commerce regulatory landscape (the “Draft Directives”):
- a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the supply of digital content (the “Digital Content Directive”); and
- a proposal for a directive to harmonize rules regarding the distance sale of goods (the “Distance Goods Directive”).
These … Continue Reading
On 25 May 2016, the Commission published a package of five proposals aimed at implementing its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy (see our blog describing the package). The DSM strategy contains 16 aligned initiatives in a variety of fields such as telecommunications, consumer rights and Big Data, each of which is intended to bring the EU one step closer … Continue Reading
The European Commission today released five long-awaited digital market proposals:
- The draft amendment to Europe’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. This amendment would broaden the scope of audiovisual regulation by including new forms of short videos. It would impose a 20% minimum European content on VOD providers, and allow European Member States to tax some VOD services to support national
On 3 May 2016, the French Senate adopted a new version of the French Digital Bill. Below is what you should know about it, bearing in mind that this saga is not over yet as the Bill will now have to be reviewed by a Joint Committee composed of Senators and Deputies, in the next coming weeks.
The definition of … Continue Reading
Digital technologies are transforming our world and shaping a new landscape in several areas of law, including copyright, data privacy, and consumer transactions. Please join Hogan Lovells as we discuss the European Commission’s ambitious Digital Single Market strategy and what it means for US companies with digital presence in the EU. Our panelists, from key European jurisdictions, will take a … Continue Reading
On 19 April 2016 the European Commission published its Communication ‘ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market‘. The Communication was part of the wider ‘Digitising European Industry’ announcement on 19 April – read our blog here for full details of what was announced.
The ICT Priorities Communication thrusts into the limelight an obscure but vitally important area of … Continue Reading
The EU Commission looks set next month to release a new communication providing policy guidelines as to the direction it wishes to take for on-line platforms. While the official Communication is scheduled to be released in mid-May, Statewatch.org has just made available a draft version (tentatively dated 25 May) entitled “Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market – Opportunities and … Continue Reading
In our previous update, which can be found here, on the French bill “for a Digital Republic” (“Digital Bill”), we discussed the vague notion of platforms.
Here is what you should know about the obligations which are likely to be imposed on platforms.
First of all, the Digital Bill only provides a duty of loyalty and transparency … Continue Reading
On April 5, 2016, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) initiated an inquiry to review the potential benefits and challenges presented by the Internet of Things (IoT). In its Notice and request for public comment (RFC), NTIA is seeking input on the current IoT technological and policy landscape with a goal of developing recommendations—in the form of a Green … Continue Reading
After several months of public consultations, several versions of intermediate texts, the long-awaited bill “for a Digital Republic” (“Digital Bill”) was finally transmitted to the Council of Ministers last 9 December 2015 and officially presented to the French National Assembly.
An amended version of the Digital Bill was then adopted by the National Assembly in first reading on 26 January … Continue Reading
The European Commission recently launched a new public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the so-called ‘panorama exception’. Interested parties, and in particular those involved in the publishing sector and the digital economy are invited to comment on the 23 questions raised by the Commission before the consultation closes on 15th June … Continue Reading
DSM Watch: on 24 February the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) organised a conference in London on the European Commission’s proposals under its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy for the directive for distance sales of goods and the directive for the sale of digital content. Our DSM Task Force team is a multi-jurisdiction, cross-practice group working … Continue Reading
This fourth blog in a series of five looks at the European Commission’s plans for “Creating a fairer marketplace”.
The Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy – presented in May 2015 – contains 16 initiatives in a variety of fields such as telecommunication, consumer rights and Big Data, each of which is intended to bring us one step closer to … Continue Reading
Our third post in a series of five looks at the areas the European Commission has targeted for change in relation to copyright exceptions.
The Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy – presented in May 2015 – contains 16 initiatives in a variety of fields such as telecommunication, consumer rights and Big Data, each of which is intended to … Continue Reading
Last week the Commission released a summary of the responses received in two of the three public consultations launched in September 2015, in what was the opening salvo of concrete policy initiatives under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.
The geo-blocking consultation sought evidence on the effect of technical barriers and other unjustified restrictions imposed by websites and online service … Continue Reading
As the second of a series of five, this blog post focuses on the first legislative proposal for European copyright reform: the proposal for a regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.
In its latest plenary session, the European Parliament (EP) adopted the resolution “Towards a Digital Single Market Act” (see press release). The resolution of 19 January 2016 forms the response to the Commission Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM) as announced in last May and pursued ever since.
In the first of a series of five, this blog overviews the European Commission’s action plan for modernising European copyright.
In May 2015 the announcement of the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy received much attention. Our DSM Watch team is a multi-jurisdiction, cross-practice group working together to keep you informed as the initiatives under the DSM strategy … Continue Reading
If the Commission persuades the EU Parliament and Council to its views, EU-wide digital content portability for consumers will become a reality under a draft Regulation unveiled today and aspects of online contract law for consumers will be fully harmonised across the EU under two new Directives, drafts of which were also published today.
This post outlines today’s publications. DSM … Continue Reading
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its 2015 Digital Economy Outlook (“Report”), a survey of changes and opportunities in, and challenges arising from, the digital economy. The Report identifies three broad trends for member countries and their partners to focus on in digitising their economies:
- Realising the full potential of the digital economy
Technological developments have … Continue Reading