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Covington Internet of Things Update: Voice Technologies, Meet the EU E-Privacy Regulation

This post was originally published on the Covington InsidePrivacy blog on January 19, 2018. On January 12, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas closed its doors for another year.  Each CES raises a new set of technology themes, ranging from robots to smart fridges — and this year, the winner was voice … Continue Reading

Ad Blocking Declared Legal: German Court Dismisses Discrimination Claims Brought by Publishers, but AdBlock Plus Maker Eyeo is Not Home Free Yet

The Regional Court in Hamburg rejected complaints by newspapers Zeit Online and Handelsblatt seeking to have Eyeo GmbH prohibited from selling its AdBlock Plus software. The ruling establishes the important principle that ad-blocking is legal, however there are other cases pending against AdBlock Plus in Germany that suggest that there may be more to come … Continue Reading

Dutch Competition Authority Updates Guidance on Distribution Agreements

On 20 April 2015 the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (“ACM”) published new guidance regarding its enforcement priorities in relation to distribution agreements, noting that its enforcement efforts will be focused on agreements having the most significant impact on consumer welfare.  The 28-page document explains that before opening an investigation, the ACM will first … Continue Reading

FCO sends statement of objections to Booking.com

On 2 April 2015, the German Competition Authority (FCO) sent a statement of objections (SO) to Booking.com Deutschland GmbH in relation to its use of “best price” clauses in contracts with hotels in Germany.  The FCO takes the view that, following the decision of the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirming the FCO’s decision in proceedings … Continue Reading

EU’s Highest Court Considers the Situs of Damage in Online Copyright Infringements (Pinckney)

On 13 June 2013, Advocate General (“AG”) Niilo Jääskinen of the EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) issued his non-binding Opinion in the Pinckney case, dealing with the question of courts’ competence to hear online copyright infringement cases in the EU.  In his Opinion, the AG extended to copyright principles developed in relation to other IP … Continue Reading

E-Books Pricing: The EU Antitrust Chapter Is About To Close

The EU E-books antitrust probe is quasi-closed: the EU Commission announced yesterday that it accepted and made legally binding the commitments offered by Apple and four publishers to settle the investigation that was opened in December last year. The Commission was investigating whether the publishers may have colluded, with Apple’s facilitation, to jointly switch from … 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

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

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
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