New judgment on the communication to the public right

On 7 August the judgment in Case C-161/17 Land Nordrhein-Westfalen v Dirk Renckhoff was published. The judgment is in response to a preliminary reference which asked the following question: ‘Does the inclusion of a work — which is freely accessible to all internet users on a third-party website with the consent of the copyright holder — on…

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Digital Services and Antitrust

It has been reported today that the UK Government sees free-to-use digital services as raising antitrust issues. In a response to a House of Lords Select Committee on Communications inquiry, UK advertising in a digital age, the Government indicates that “digital services – particularly those that are free-to-use and funded by advertising – pose challenges…

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Practical competition policy implications of digital platforms

Diane Coyle has published a fascinating paper on potential reform to competition policy to address issues caused by digital platforms. The paper is available here an interesting read. Issues addressed in the paper include: Difficulties defining a multi-sided platform. Undue focus upon short-term pricing elements in competition assessments. The impact of dominance in the digital…

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The impact of robots on economics

As automation increasingly takes over our economy, what will be the impact on economics? Adair Turner has given a fascinating lecture on the topic, called Capitalism in the Age of Robots. His lecture is available here. Focusing on the impact of robotics on work, income and wealth in the 21st century, he goes as far…

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Technopoly: Reform, Redress, and Regulation

Preiskel & Co Partner, Tim Cowen, has co-authored a report with Phillip Blond, published with the support of the Big Innovation Centre, and ResPublica, entitled “Technopoly” and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation. A fascinating read, the paper takes an overview of the current competition framework, and makes important suggestions for reform.…

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Daniel Preiskel on Autonomous Cars: Technology & the Law Conference 2018

Daniel Preiskel recently spoke at the Technology & the Law Conference 2018 on the topic of ‘Driverless and Connected Cars Key Legal Considerations’. The presentation explored some key issues surrounding the topic, namely: manufacturer licences; regulatory authorities; cyber security; liability; and the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. If you would like a copy of the…

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