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E-Commerce Law & Policy

Current Issue (September 2016)

Volume: 18 Issue: 9



About E-Commerce Law & Policy:

The monthly law journal giving authoratitive insights into all aspects of e-commerce law and regulations affecting online business, including domain names, Intellectual property, copyrights, online advertising, behavourial advertising, cloud computing, net neutrality, privacy, cybercrime, social media, trademarks, online sales, licensing and software / read more

The September 2016 edition of E-Commerce Law & Policy

Digital advertising has been placed under huge pressure by the rise (and rise and rise) of adblocking software, which does what it says on the tin by preventing websites displaying ads to users. This might make users happy but is to the detriment of advertisers - and of the publishers who depend on the money advertisers give them. The industry is grappling with how best to respond to the issue - and now Facebook has stepped in. As our lead news story this month explains, recent Facebook policy changes have taken an interesting line on adblocking while giving users more control over ad preferences.

Our features this month include analysis of the UK Court of Appeal's decision to uphold the High Court's judgment in the Cartier case, by David Cran and Ben Mark of RPC. As a result of this verdict, the UK's five largest ISPs must now block access to certain websites with content relating to counterfeit goods that infringe upon the trade marks of the Richemont group.

Over in Austria, a draft law seeks to prohibit the use of most favoured nation clauses in contracts between online booking portal providers and hotel operators. According to the authors of an article in September's edition, Stefanie Stegbauer and Michael Woller of Schonherr Rechtsanwalte GmbH, the draft law is problematic and could impact negatively on online booking portals in Austria.

Also in September's issue: China's new online ad rules - EDPS on ePrivacy Directive reforms - CMA's investigation into Social Chain - Microsoft v US cloud decision - nexus standards for sales tax in US states - placing online content safely.

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