Copyright

How will Brexit affect copyright legislation?

The UK’s future relationship with the European Union, and the implications for UK regulation, are full of uncertainty. For example, how much of the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy the UK will maintain is unclear. Here, Professor Alison Harcourt of the University of Exeter looks in detail at the DSM initiative’s copyright package, and the potential impact of the […]

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    After the Vote: What will Brexit mean for film and TV businesses operating in the UK?

After the Vote: What will Brexit mean for film and TV businesses operating in the UK?

With the country voting 52% to 48% in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, John Enser, Partner at Olswang, says that we face a period of unprecedented commercial and legal uncertainty. In this blogpost, he examines some of the key potential outcomes of that result for media businesses operating in or from the UK.

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The vote to […]

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    European Digital Single Market Consultations Tackle Cross-Border Copyrights & Content

European Digital Single Market Consultations Tackle Cross-Border Copyrights & Content

Sally Broughton Micova of the University of East Anglia explains the relevance of the new public consultations recently launched by the European Commission as part of its Digital Single Market initiative. For more information about upcoming consultations see here.

On Friday 25 September, the European Commission launched two consultations that really get to the heart of what was envisioned in […]

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    Defining a public domain for copyright and data legislation at the European Parliament (part 2)

Defining a public domain for copyright and data legislation at the European Parliament (part 2)

Based on the report of MEP Julia Reda on the European Union Copyright Directive (Implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society) released in January 2015, the European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution on 9 July 2015, asking the Commission to take concrete steps towards copyright reform […]

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    An Internet Bill of Rights? Pros and cons of the Italian way

An Internet Bill of Rights? Pros and cons of the Italian way

Last week, an Italian committee of politicians and experts announced its Declaration of Internet Rights, making Italy the first country to introduce an internet bill of rights. Oreste Pollicino, Professor of Comparative Public Law and Media Law at Bocconi University and Counsel of Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, and Marco Bassini, PhD Researcher in Constitutional Law at the University of […]

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    Defining a public domain for copyright and data legislation at the European Parliament

Defining a public domain for copyright and data legislation at the European Parliament

On 9 July, a resolution in a plenary session of the European Parliament recognized the notion of ‘public domain’ for the first time in Europe, on the initiative of MEP Julia Reda. This important step elevates the public domain to the same regulatory space as exclusive rights, considering the rights of users and their default entitlement in the absence […]

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    Digital Single Market Strategy: Implications for European audiovisual content

Digital Single Market Strategy: Implications for European audiovisual content

Yesterday, the European Commission (EC) announced its Digital Single Market strategy. LSE’s Sally Broughton Micova looks at the implications of the new strategy for European audiovisual content.

There were no real surprises when European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H.Oettinger stood on the podium together yesterday to launch the EC’s Digital Single Market […]

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    European Commission announces radical copyright overhaul for cross-border content

European Commission announces radical copyright overhaul for cross-border content

Yesterday, the European Commission (EC) announced its Digital Single Market strategy, which LSE Visiting Fellow Monica Horten describes as an attempt by the Commission to change the way it addresses Internet policymaking. Here, she assesses what the announcement means for copyright in the European Union.

The European Commission announced yesterday radical plans to overhaul copyright policy. The proposals focus on […]

GE2015: Party positions on the EU and Digital Single Market

The three main UK political parties – the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour – have set out their policy priorities for the media & telecoms sectors in their party manifestos. A recent report from Enders Analysis highlights areas of convergence and divergence between them in different areas of TMT policy. Although there will be considerable policy continuity from […]

Copyright Liabilities Loom for Cloud Providers in Wake of Aereo Judgement

Dr. Monica Horten, a writer, policy analyst and visiting fellow at the LSE, looks at copyright liability for cloud computing services hovering on the EU horizon and asks what we can learn from the case of ABC Inc v Aereo in the United States Supreme Court.  A judgement handed down in the US Supreme Court recently has underpinned the claim […]