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The European Union adopts a new .EU Regulation

On 19 March 2019, the European Union adopted Regulation (eu) 2019/517 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on the implementation and functioning of the .eu top-level domain name and amending and repealing Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004, otherwise known as the .eu Regulation. Background As its name indicates, the Regulation repeals its predecessors which were considered no longer adapted to the market, the political and legislative context and the online environment.  With this Regulation the European Union has

Posted in Copyright, e-commerce

EU Commission provides guidance on new Geo-Blocking Regulation

In the European Commission’s plan to create a unified Digital Single Market, the measures to promote e-Commerce are well ranked. A reason for that is the increasing impact that the digital world, and especially online shopping, is having on our lives. The Internet per se recognizes no border, and therefore artificial barriers may feel even more misplaced. To tackle those obstacles to cross-border online activity, the European Commission launched a series of legislative proposals (get an overview here), some of which have already been enacted by the European legislator.

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce, Internet Photo of Alberto Bellan

DSM Watch – Platforms: EU Commission issues a Recommendation and a draft Regulation as the DSM approach towards ISPs takes (an irregular) shape

In a nutshell: As part of the DSM strategy, the Commission has recently published a series of new proposals impacting platforms and ISPs, including a Recommendation on tackling illegal content online and a draft Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of e-commerce platforms. In these new documents, the Commission addresses consumer protection, fair competition and notice-and-take-down obligations. We highlight the main possible changes below. Last Thursday (26 April 2018) the EU Commission issued a draft “Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation

Posted in Copyright Photo of Penny ThorntonPhoto of Alastair Shaw

Commission’s notice on Brexit and copyright: Is it as bad as it sounds?

On 28 March 2018 the Commission published a Notice to Stakeholders on the Withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of Copyright. The Notice reminds stakeholders that, unless the UK comes to an agreement with the EU, there will be legal repercussions to Brexit. The Commission Notice says that all EU “primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019”. It goes on to point out that, although the UK is a party to many of the main international copyright

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), e-commerce Photo of Jamie PollockPhoto of Alice Wallace-Wright

European Commission goes online with final report in e-commerce sector inquiry

The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital content markets. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, launched the Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry in May 2015, announcing that “European citizens face too many barriers to accessing goods and services online across borders”. The final report largely confirms the Commission’s preliminary findings published in September 2016, but also reflects comments received in relation to those

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Internet, Policy & Regulation Photo of Christian Ritz, LL.M. (USYD)Photo of Falk SchoeningPhoto of Peter 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 significant market shares of certain digital platforms questioning whether current competition law rules enable enforcers to sufficiently tackle current issues in the digital economy. Interestingly, despite calling for an EU-wide

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch – EU Commission’s “Connectivity Package” proposes major reforms of telecommunications law

On 14 September 2016 the Commission unveiled an ambitious overhaul of EU telecommunications law. The proposed reforms are the centrepiece of what the Commission is calling its “Connectivity Package”. This is a bundle of legislative proposals and related initiatives released under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy whose common goal is to dramatically increase the speed and geographic coverage of high quality internet connectivity across the EU over the course of the next decade.

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU)

US Live Event – Digital Single Market: Bringing Down Online Barriers and the Future of Copyright

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 closer look at what is expected to follow from the Commission in the copyright area and will also expand on what these new laws mean for US companies. Continue the

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DSM Watch: Commission’s new action plan for standards in 5G, IoT, Cybersecurity, Cloud and Big Data

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 policy: the setting of common technical specifications for ICT products and services, particularly those related to the ability of different devices  to communicate with each other. According to the Communication, common

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Photo of Alastair ShawPhoto of Lea KaasePhoto of Diana Ettig

DSM Watch: EU Commission announces first concrete legislative proposals – but when are they coming?

In this post we preview the EU Commission’s first concrete legislative proposals on reform of EU copyright under the DSM banner, and look further ahead to what the Commission has planned in this area for 2016. Background In May 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 roll out.

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Photo of Eduardo Ustaran

With EU Privacy Reform, the Marathon Is In Its Final Stretch

If the EU data protection legislative reform was a marathon, we would now be approaching the 20-mile mark. That is the critical point where one can start to think that the finish line is within reach in the knowledge that the hardest part is yet to come. At present, the EU legislative process that started more than three years ago is about to reach a crucial milestone: On 15 and 16 June, the Council of the EU—which shares legislative powers with the European Parliament—is due to reach an agreement on