Ezra Steinhardt

Ezra Steinhardt

Ezra Steinhardt is an associate in the technology and media group in the London office.  His practice encompasses data privacy, information technology, international trade, and legislative advocacy.

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Ireland Proposes Amendments to Copyright Law

Written by Ezra Steinhardt and Colin Warriner On 29 October 2013, the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) published a report containing proposed amendments to its copyright laws, named “Modernising Copyright” (“the Report”).  Taking account of submissions received during a public consultation that ran between February and May 2012, the DJEI’s … Continue Reading

European Court Issues Ruling on Jurisdiction in Cross-EU Copyright Infringement Case

Written by Ezra Steinhardt and Colin Warriner On 3 October 2013, in the case of Peter Pinckney vs. KDG Mediatech AG, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that, with certain qualifications, when a copyrighted work is reproduced in one Member State, and offered for sale online by companies established in another, … Continue Reading

EU Telecoms Regulation Proposals: Part 3 – Promoting Growth

Written by Ezra Steinhardt and Colin Warriner On 12 September, 2013, the European Commission formally adopted a proposal for a new Telecommunications Regulation (the “Regulation”).  The Regulation would, if enacted, reform the European Union’s telecommunication rules, including in areas such as net neutrality, spectrum allocation, roaming charges, and consumer rights in mobile and telecoms contracts.  … Continue Reading

EU Telecoms Regulation Proposals: Part 2 – New Consumer Rights

Written by Ezra Steinhardt and Colin Warriner On 12 September, 2013, the European Commission formally adopted a proposal for a new Telecommunications Regulation (the “Regulation”).  The Regulation would, if enacted, reform the European Union’s telecommunication rules, including in areas such as net neutrality, spectrum allocation, roaming charges, and consumer rights in mobile and telecoms contracts.  … Continue Reading

New EU Telecoms Regulation Proposals: Analysis Part 1 – Net Neutrality

Written by Ezra Steinhardt and Colin Warriner On 12 September, 2013, the European Commission formally adopted a proposal for a new Telecommunications Regulation (the “Regulation”).  The Regulation would, if enacted, reform the European Union’s telecommunication rules, including in areas such as net neutrality, spectrum allocation, roaming charges, and consumer rights in mobile and telecoms contracts.  The … Continue Reading

UK Supreme Court Rules on Case Involving Misuse of Trade Secrets by Former Employee

By Ezra Steinhardt and Oliver Grazebrook On 22 May 2013, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on the English law of confidential information.  The case represents a helpful guide as to how confidential information may be protected by a business after the end of an employment contract. The case, Vestergaard Frandsen A/S (now called MVF … Continue Reading

The European Network and Information Security Agencies (ENISA) Releases New Cyber-Security Cloud Computing Recommendations

By Fredericka Argent and Ezra Steinhardt On 14 February 2013, ENISA announced the release of a new report titled “Critical Cloud Computing – A CIIP Perspective on Cloud Computing Services”. The report sets out new cyber-security measures for cloud providers and users to implement when protecting “CII systems” against outages, disruptions and cyber-attacks.  “CII systems” … Continue Reading

World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board Considers New Resolution on R&D for Neglected Diseases, With Implications for IP

By Bonnie Drury and Ezra Steinhardt Controversy continues over WHO negotiations for a binding global medical research & development treaty — and the negotiations may now stall until May at the earliest. In late November 2012, members of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development:  Financing and Coordination (the CEWG) agreed the text … Continue Reading

ICO Issues £440,000 Fine to Telecoms Company for Illegal Direct Marketing

By Bonnie Drury and Ezra Steinhardt On 28 November 2012, following an 18-month investigation, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that it had fined the joint owners of Tetrus Telecoms (Tetrus) a total of £440,000 under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).  The fine penalized Tetrus for sending millions of unsolicited text messages … Continue Reading

European Commission Establishes European Cloud Partnership Steering Board

By Ezra Steinhardt and Fredericka Argent The first meeting of the new Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership (“ECP”) was held this week in Brussels.  The meeting, and the formation of the Steering Board, represent some of the first concrete steps towards the implementation of the European Commission’s plan to develop Europe’s cloud computing … Continue Reading

European Parliament Endorses Amendments to Dual-Use Regulation; Export Controls Could Include Unlisted Internet and Mobile Surveillance Technologies

By Agnieszka Polcyn, Fredericka Argent, and Ezra Steinhardt On 23 October 2012, the European Parliament adopted a number of suggested amendments to the European Commission’s proposal to amend the Dual-Use Regulation (428/2009) (the “Dual-Use Regulation”).  The amendments include a proposal to encompass surveillance equipment within the scope of the EU’s export controls.  This move echoes … Continue Reading

Rights Holders Find Increasingly Favourable Climate for Requests for Website-Blocking Orders from Courts in Europe

By Jacqueline Clover and Ezra Steinhardt On 30 October, 2012, press reported that the Finnish Supreme Court had rejected an appeal from Elisa, a Finnish internet service provider (ISP), against a court order that required Elisa to block its users from accessing the well-known file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay. The order, which was granted in … Continue Reading

Update: Orphan Works Directive Receives Final Approval from European Council

By Jacqueline Clover and Ezra Steinhardt Yesterday, the European Council issued its final approval for the Orphan Works Directive.  See our previous blog post about the Directive’s approval by the Parliament here.  The Council’s approval marks the last stage in the Directive’s legislative process. The Directive will now go on to be published in the … Continue Reading

Final Text Agreed for the Creation of Pan-African Intellectual Property Organization (PAIPO)

By Ezra Steinhardt and Fredericka Argent In late September 2012, a commission of the African Union (AU) published the final draft text of a statute to establish a new Pan-African Intellectual Property Organization (PAIPO).  The publication of the draft is the culmination of a process that began in 2007, which included consultations with AU Member … Continue Reading

German Court Refers Question on Cross-Border Copyright Infringement to the CJEU

By Ezra Steinhardt and Fredericka Argent InfoCuria and the UK Intellectual Property Office have released new information about a recent question referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) from the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichthof).  In essence, the reference asks the CJEU whether European courts, when considering copyright infringement in their … Continue Reading

European Cloud Computing Strategy Raises Questions Over Future of Private Copy Levies

By Ezra Steinhardt and Jacqueline Clover On September 27, 2012, the European Commission released its Communication strategy paper on cloud computing.  The strategy, in development for over a year, advocates a range of new measures to help Europe capitalise on the growth of cloud computing and increase Europe’s rate of cloud adoption.  See further below … Continue Reading

European Parliament Approves Draft Orphan Works Directive

By Jacqueline Clover and Ezra Steinhardt On September 13, 2012, the European Parliament approved the text of a new draft Directive that sets out permitted uses of orphan works (the “Directive”).  However, the law’s text — which was informally agreed between the Parliament and European Council earlier this summer — has yet to receive the Council’s formal approval, so remains a … Continue Reading

Italian Court Refers Question to the CJEU Regarding Circumvention of Technological Copyright Protections

By Ezra Steinhardt and Fredericka Argent InfoCuria has released information about a case recently referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) from Tribunale di Milano in Italy.  While the Court has yet to provide detailed underlying factual information, the case appears to raise issues that will be important to companies that … Continue Reading
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