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    Authors: Joâo Costa Quinta (ABBC), Margarida Leitâo (ABBC), Gonzalo Santos (DLA Piper)   A recent Intellectual Property Court decision in Portugal determined that the main telecommunications operators have until the end of March to block the access of its users to The Pirate Bay domains, either through its main (Swedish) domain name “thepiratebay.se” or other …

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    By Judith Miller and Matthew Evans On Tuesday 7 April 2015, a single Federal Court Judge ordered six internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over the names and identities corresponding to approximately 4,700 unique IP addresses, which have allegedly downloaded and shared the Dallas Buyers Club movie without permission over the peer-to-peer sharing network BitTorrent. The …

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    Follow us on Friday 22 May 2015 at the University of Milan, with the main experts of our Italian “Digital Authorities” – Giuseppe Galasso (Director Communications – AGCM), Benedetta Liberatore (Director Audiovisual Services – AGCOM) and Luigi Montuori (Director Communications and Electronic Networks – Data Protection Authority), together with Marco Cuniberti (UNIMI) and Giangiacomo Olivi (DLA Piper). …

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    By Ann Cheung and Keitaro Uzawa The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in Japan and clarify how the Civil Code, which governs Japanese commercial contracts, and other relevant laws, such as, …

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    By Matthew Evans The Australian Government has introduced new laws to block websites at an internet service provider (ISP) level if they have the primary purposes of infringing or facilitating the infringement of copyright. On June 22 the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 was passed in parliament, amending the Copyright Act to introduce the …

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    By Matthew Evans In the latest update of the Dallas Buyers Club case the proposed letters to be sent to pirates have now been made public. It was previously ordered that Voltage (the company owning the rights to Dallas Buyers Club) was required to submit to the Court a draft of the letters and telephone …

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    Author: Gonzalo Santos On 1 July 2015, a major amendment of the Spanish Criminal Code entered into force. Among other measures, said amendment considerably increases the maximum prison sentences which can be imposed for criminal activities against intellectual property. Prior to the amendment, the maximum imprisonment penalties for them were of 2 years (4 years …

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    News from the Pisa Internet Festival. Copyright, Data Protection, Internet of Things, ICT and artificial intelligence… are joining together in Pisa this week-end. Today I have participated to the Festival Opening Panel, during which we discussed the future of copyright in the digital economy, together with Claudio Giua, Mario Bonafé and Patrizio Menchetti. Here are …

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    By Gonzalo Santos In the course of a judicial process started by DTS Distribuidora de Televisión Digital (Canal +), a Spanish court has ordered ISPs to provisionally block access to the famous pirate website, which provides users with links to sporting events around the world. Said blocking shall be made effective if the website does …

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    This is a very important decision because it sets a strong judicial precedent for foreign companies seeking to protect their intellectual property rights in China. On 8 December 2016, overturning the lower court decisions against Michael Jordan in a lengthy trademark dispute in China, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court rules that Jordan owns the legal …

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    By Alastair Mackichan, John Cloke and John Wilks In another welcome decision for content owners and broadcasters, the CJEU has dealt a significant blow to the business models of those individuals looking to profit from the sale of pre-configured media players which provide end-users with hyperlinks to copyright-infringing Internet streams. In its Filmspeler judgment (available here), …

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