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IP owners to pay the costs of blocking access to infringing websites

David Stone

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that trade mark owners should pay the costs of implementing a court order requiring UK ISPs to block access to websites selling counterfeit goods. This is a reversal of previous decisions, which had required the ISPs to bear these costs. Rights holders will still be able to obtain Read More

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Using artificial intelligence to fight financial crime – a legal risk perspective

Ian Rodgers

The Head of the Financial Crime Department at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA), Rob Gruppetta, gave a speech on “Using artificial intelligence to keep criminal funds out of the financial system” in December 2017 (1). In it, he explored how artificial intelligence (AI) could potentially be used to prevent financial crime, and for Read More

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WP29 guidelines on consent under GDPR

Nigel Parker

The WP29’s draft guidelines on consent begin with some good advice. “[A] controller must always take time to consider whether consent is the appropriate lawful ground for the… processing or whether another ground should be chosen instead”. The decision whether or not to seek and rely on consent has heightened importance under the GDPR, given Read More

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VCAST cloud television recording service constitutes unlawful communication to the public

Alex Woolgar

In its judgment on a reference from the District Court of Turin (Italy), the CJEU determined that a service enabling consumers to have free-to-air television content received remotely and directly recorded onto a personal cloud storage space, was unlawful. Although the questions referred by the Italian court were not framed as such, the CJEU used this reference Read More

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ICANN to reconsider the .Amazon domain applications

David Stone

Amazon filed applications for the .AMAZON top-level domains in several scripts in 2012. Five years later, ICANN will re-examine the applications after an Independent Review Process (“IRP”) proceeding. The IRP Panel found that ICANN’s Board failed to demonstrate the existence of public policy reasons for denying the applications. The early stages of the .AMAZON application Read More

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A first look at the New UK Data Protection Bill

Praveeta Thayalan

The new UK Data Protection Bill (the Bill) was published on 14 September 2017 and, once enacted, will repeal the Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA). The Bill preserves parts of the DPA and implements the standards of the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) across the categories of data processing within the scope of Read More

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