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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 19 Issue: 3
(March 2017)


The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, launched the UK Government’s Digital Strategy (the ‘Strategy’) on 1 March 2017; the Strategy aims to develop a world-leading digital economy in Britain post-Brexit. The Strategy applies the principles outlined in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, released on 23 January 2017, to the digital economy and comprises of seven strands, including making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business, helping every British business become a digital business and unlocking the power of data in the UK economy. / read more

Google and Microsoft have agreed to a Voluntary Code of Practice (the ‘Code’) developed by representatives from the creative industries, UK search engines and the Intellectual Property Office (‘IPO’), which will see both companies take steps to demote copyright infringing content within their UK search results, so that such links do not appear on the first page of results for common searches; the Code was announced on 20 February 2017. The anti-piracy agreement aims to enable search engines and the creative industries to work closely together to prevent consumers from being presented with copyright infringing websites. / read more


The Internet of Things (‘IoT’) is a concept whereby everyday devices are wirelessly connected to the internet and are capable of communicating with web based servers, with one another, and with us. A simple example is a smart home device, which enables a consumer to control their boiler from their phone, learns when the homeowner is in or out of the house and can adapt its functionality to mirror patterns of behaviour and usage. The IoT is designed to make life easier, but it provokes questions as to who is responsible when things go wrong. Here, Abigail Ash and Dr Sam De Silva of Nabarro LLP focus on two key areas of risk for the IoT: data breaches and liability for product failure. / read more

Given the huge amount of data produced each day globally -  and the substantial value of this data in today’s world - it is of vital importance that regulators and governments pay the data economy adequate attention. In January this year the European Commission (‘EC’) published a communication, online consultation and staff working document in regards to the data economy in Europe, which looked at a number of data related areas including machine-generated data and interoperability. Crucially the EC proposes a number of legislative approaches in this area, as Dr Andreas Splittgerber of Olswang Germany LLP and Toby Lovett of Olswang LLP explain. / read more

The topic of robotics has intrigued creative imaginations for decades; in 2017, the subject is one that is increasingly dominating column inches, including in the legal press, as regulators and lawyers grapple with the legal issues that stem from the ever greater role robots are taking in our daily lives and in industry, particularly in relation to more autonomous robots. The issues for example include problems of liability as well as the matter of legal definitions. Here, Vladislav V. Arkhipov, Of Counsel at Dentons and Associate Professor at Saint Petersburg State University, discusses the regulation of robotics and shares his experience in helping develop a theoretical draft law on robotics in Russia. / read more

In December 2016 the UK's Chartered Trading Standards Institute (‘CTSI’) released updated guidance on pricing practices, replacing the 2010 Pricing Practices Guide and providing a number of principles to assist businesses in complying with applicable pricing laws, including in the online space. Gregor Pryor, Partner and Co-Chair of the Entertainment and Media Industry Group at Reed Smith, London, outlines what’s new in the CTSI’s guidance, and explains how the guidance has opted for a common sense led approach in certain areas. / read more

Trade group BSA | The Software Alliance published its 2016 Global Cloud Computing Scorecard last year, which looked at the state of various countries’ policy environment in relation to cloud computing and found that despite progress, a patchwork of inadequate laws and regulations around the globe threatens to stunt the unprecedented societal benefits and economic growth that could be fuelled by cloud computing. Here, Jared Ragland, Senior Director, Policy - APAC at BSA, focuses on the policy environment in China and what it means for the cloud computing sector. / read more

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