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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 13 Issue: 2
(February 2011)


A ruling by the Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the country's telecoms and internet regulator, has outraged many Canadians and turned usage-based internet billing (UBB) - bills based on internet usage per month - into a national issue. / read more

The EU Commission has approved over €1.8 billion in state aid made available in 2010 by Member States for the development of high-speed broadband infrastructures, under plans to promote the EU's 'Digital Agenda 2020' and tackle the 'digital divide'. / read more

The UK Bribery Act will not be implemented in April, as planned, but has been put on hold while the government re-drafts guidance for companies on how to comply with its requirements. / read more


The 1987 Bangles' hit 'Walk Like an Egyptian' might have been adopted as an inspirational song during the recent protest in Egypt, it was not so much walking that gave the world a glimpse of what was happening in the country. / read more

EU / read more

The idea of the internet being 'neutral' regarding the origin of the traffic is an issue that many jurisdictions are revisiting, as they attempt to answer the broader question of if and how the internet should be regulated. At the same time, internet service providers and content providers are developing traffic shaping agreements in the EU and the US, in particular. Rhys Williams and Levent Gürdenli, of Bird & Bird LLP, look into the conditions under which online content is currently being delivered. / read more

Copyright and patent infringement cases are an increasing feature in many industries as companies will often seek compensation for the economic harm caused. Timothy S. Teter, Partner at Cooley LLP, speaks of such 'injuries' and discusses a number of high profile cases, which, in recent years, have played a crucial role in the development of patent law in the US and which have restricted the controversial 'entire revenue' principle. / read more

The UK Government held a consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) at the end of 2010, looking into how the UK could improve its data interception and protection systems. Recent cases on user profiling online and 'cookie' tracking systems have also shown the pressing need to address how electronic communications are protected. Oliver Bray and Matthew Littlestone, of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, examine the effects the changes to RIPA might have on current UK legislation. / read more

The existence of 27 Member States and ultimately, 27 different regulatory regimes, has raised the question of how the telecoms market can be 'de-fragmented' and a coherent and harmonised regime implemented. Peter Violaris, Trainee Solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP, discusses the state of the EU telecoms market and asks the question: is the EC doing enough to address its underlying problems? / read more

When it comes to technology, prediction is a game fraught with sudden curve balls and rule changes, often in the mid-game. For a telling example, Bill Gates wrote The Road Ahead 15 years ago, and dismissed the internet. Lars J. Nilsson, Vice-President of Cubeia UK Ltd, discusses what he believes are the technological advances to look forward to. / read more

In the last ten years, search engine optimisation (SEO) has gone from something that few might have recognised as an acronym to a thriving and highly competitive industry that most businesses with an online component have had some experience with. As the market and those that are servicing it continue to grow at an exponential rate, so are the rules and regulations of the SEO industry keeping up with the requirement. Simon Carpenter, Head of SEO at Smart Traffic, explains how SEO works in practice. / read more

Children and The Web
European Data Protection Intensive 2011 / read more

Licensing: NLA Ltd v Meltwater Holding BV
Terms of use: Cvent, Inc. v Eventbrite, Inc.
Three strikes: EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd and others v UPC Communications Ireland Ltd / read more

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