Postman Pat and… the law of merchandise

Back in 1994 the journalist Nick Davies wrote a fascinating piece about John Cunliffe, the creator of Postman Pat, who has just died. Davies described how Cunliffe sold his rights to his creation: “[Cunliffe] agreed that Woodland Animations could make films and produce merchandise, while he would still have the right to produce books providing they…

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.…

Daniel Preiskel and Tim Cowen Contribute to ICLG Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2018

Daniel Preiskel and Tim Cowen recently co-authored a chapter of the latest version of the ICLG: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2018 publication. Their chapter, titled ‘A Regulatory Re-Think?’, raises the following questions: are we blindly walking into another age of monopoly?; how can we better implement our regulatory framework to ensure the…

Does the EU’s ruling on Coty’s preliminary reference scupper the Kartellampt’s plans?

The judgement for a preliminary reference arising from a dispute between Coty Germany GmbH, a supplier of luxury cosmetics, and Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, one of Coty’s authorised distributors was issued by the EU Court on 6 December 2017. The preliminary reference concerned the application of Article 101(3) TFEU to a selective distribution contract between Coty…

The New European Electronic Communications Code

Stephan Buck and Daniel Preiskel recently co-authored an article on the new European Electronic Communications Code for LexisNexis, which explains: “[i]n September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a new Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) which shall merge and amend the existing Framework, Authorisation, Access and Universal Service Directives. This new legal…

Daniel Preiskel Contributes to the MEF Industry Views Blog

Danny shares his thoughts in the latest Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) blog, which focuses on MEF Members’ thoughts on the new hardware and strategies. The full MEF blog can be found here. Danny’s article contains his views on the affect of e-privacy in relation to connected home appliances, as well as the potential effects of the impending…

Preiskel and CEG Europe host a fascinating seminar on competition and regulatory policy

On Monday the Preiskel and CEG teams were delighted to host a seminar discussing various concerns and potential changes regarding competition and regulatory policy. The first panel focused on regulation and oligopoly in telecoms markets. Debate included whether oligopoly led ipso facto to bad consumer outcomes or whether there is scope for oligopoly to lead…