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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 12 Issue: 6
(June 2010)


Canada and India have spoken out against the publication of the 30 April 'Special 301 Report' by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) - the governmental body in charge of US international trade. / read more

A draft Code of Practice aimed at reducing copyright infringement, published by Ofcom on 28 May, has attracted criticism from consumer organisations and internet service providers (ISPs). "We think it has the potential to turn into a bureaucratic dog's breakfast", said a Spokesman for Talk Talk. / read more

The Chinese Government has published a White Paper reaffirming the need for policies aimed at limiting access to certain types of online content. / read more


The Digital Economy Act (DEA), aimed at regulating digital media and reducing copyright infringements, officially came into force on 12 June. / read more

South Africa
Czech Republic / read more

A regional court in Spain recently ruled that peer-to-peer file sharing sites were not, in themselves, illegal - thus endorsing their existence under certain conditions. This 'first of a kind' ruling - that exchanging files does not necessarily lead to copyright infringement - deserves closer inspection. Laura Cantero, Associate at Howrey Martínez Lage, examines the ruling and analyses its legal relevance. / read more

With the election behind them, the UK's coalition parties are slowly turning their attention to the future (and the further progress) of the technological and media industries. Vanessa Barnett, Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner, discusses how the new government is planning to tackle the issue of 'digital britain'. / read more

The rise of online news platforms and of 'breaking news' has renewed interest in the 'hot news' doctrine in the US. John B. Pegram and Kristen McCallion, of Fish & Richardson P.C., examine the recent revival of this legal doctrine and analyse its implications. / read more

The economic relevance of copyright cannot be analysed separately from the study of copyright limitations - fair use exceptions being the main drive behind these exceptions - and their benefit to the economy. Matthew Schruers, Senior Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, examines to what extent copyright limitations are benefiting the development of the 'creative' sector. / read more

More than eight out of ten computers can be identified as unique machines simply by looking at the publicly available browser settings they use. The information could be used to track and monitor internet usage, a digital rights group has said. / read more

On 15 August 2007, a Moscow court acquitted Denis Kvasov, the former managing director of Mediaservices, the company that owned '', of criminal charges involving alleged copyright infringement. In this case, Lana and Philip Haworth, non-practicing barristers, set out the case findings, and explain recent efforts by Russia's legislators to control the operation of music and video download sites. / read more

The Press Complaints Commission has made a landmark ruling on the use of mobile video footage on the internet, after the Hamilton Advertiser published footage of an unruly classroom. Ashley Hurst, an associate with Olswang, examines the decision and its implications for news organisations that use mobile footage on the internet. / read more

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The monthly publication providing authoritative insights and thought leadership on the legal/regulatory issues affecting online business, covering distance selling, contracts, domain names, adblocking, advertising, cloud computing, net neutrality, e-privacy, data protection, cyber crime, the Internet of Things, social media, internet taxation and software / read more

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