On 28 September, the European Commission released a Communication on tackling illegal online content, under the heading “Towards an enhanced responsibility of platforms”.  The communication sets out (non-legally-binding) guidelines for online platforms to move to “step up the fight” against illegal online content.  Tackling infringing content online is a well-recognised problem for the owners of...… Continue Reading
“Share and share alike”: UK IPO publishes report on the challenges of social media and online IP infringement On 4 September 2017, the UK Intellectual Property Office published an independent report examining the role social media plays in the sale and movement of counterfeit goods (full report available here). The objectives of the report The objectives of the research were to: assess the role that social media plays in the sale and distribution...… Continue Reading
Breaking up is hard to do: what are the key considerations on ending a commercial partnership? In the past week, two high-profile, long-term commercial relationships have come to an end. First came the announcement that the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) and McDonald’s had mutually agreed to end their worldwide partnership with immediate effect, three years before it was due to expire (the commercial background to the break-up, and any financial terms...… Continue Reading