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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 5 Issue: 9
(September 2003)


World Sports Law Report is launched this month by Cecile Park Publishing Ltd, the publishers of World Online Gambling Law Report. “The launch of World Sports Law Report comes at a challenging time for sports business,” said Managing Editor Lindsey Greig. / read more

The implementation of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) into UK law leaves companies until December 11 to prepare their marketing programmes for compliance. / read more

Antigua and Barbuda’s complaint to the WTO that it has been unable to secure access to the US’s gambling market through electronic means has attracted interest from several jurisdictions including the EU, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Taiwan who will seek to intervene in the case as third parties. / read more


The battle against spam is far from won with the implementation of the Directive on Privacy and E-Communications (2002/58/EC) into UK law on 11 December.

The first reason is that the bulk of spam originates from outside the UK in jurisdictions where spammers appear to be able to act with impunity.

The second reason is that there is no restriction on the sending of unsolicited e-mails to corporate subscribers. The struggle to keep spam out of the corporate in-tray seems to be set to continue. / read more

Smart cards

No more paper certificates

EU Financial Services Action Plan

Interoperability framework

Code of practice on access to porn

Changes to Code of Practice

Television Without Frontiers Directive

ID card pilot scheme

Online and mobile payments

File-sharing companies

Music piracy battle

Dates for your diary!

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Fonts have for so long been ignored as real software assets on a network. This article explains why the goodwill of the font manufacturers (called foundries) won’t last forever and what needs to be done to become compliant. / read more

The Recording Industry of America (the RIAA) recently launched a new offensive in its ongoing battle against unlawful downloading of copyright music from the Internet. It took the form of a batch of actions against individuals who are alleged to have shared substantial amounts of copyright music via file sharing websites, such as KaZaA. This article looks at what would be the responsibilities of Internet Service Providers if similar action were taken in the UK. / read more

The UK Government recently published the Regulations which implement the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) in the UK and come into force in December 2003.

This article looks at the impact of the Regulation on data protection practice. / read more

Sports data is a vital product in the global sports industry. It varies considerably in substance and can be provided in many different forms. For example it includes the list of runners and riders provided before a horse race, ‘in running’ scores in a golf tournament and news information and articles used on a sports website. In this article we look at how the laws relating to the use of data have affected the UK horse racing industry. / read more

On 5 September 2003, the US Federal District Court of Eastern Virginia released an opinion according to which pop-up messages were a burden for internet users, but not illegal1. With this 19-page opinion, the rights of pop-up admakers such as the Gator Corporation2 and WhenU3 seem to be recognised… at least for the moment. Considering the European regulatory framework for commercial communications, the use of software for marketing or profiling purposes is subject to the legal requirements imposed by various European Directives. / read more

Antigua & Barbuda has brought the first test case involving the provision of cross-border electronic services before the World Trade Organisation's Dispute Settlement Procedure. Antigua is challenging the US government's action against online gambling claiming that it is in breach of the GATS agreement. Several governments including the EU, Canada, Japan and Mexico are seeking to intervene in the case. / read more

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