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What is a “European work”? A hole in the AVMS Directive and a footnote on arbitration

What is a “European work”? A hole in the AVMS Directive and a footnote on arbitration

On 29 November 2023 the European Audiovisual Observatory organised a conference in Brussels, “The promotion of European works according to the AVMSD: where do we stand?” The conference was intended to launch a new Observatory publication, “The Promotion of European Works”.  Video of the proceedings is accessible here.  As a result of the discussion, I […]

Pre-appointment Disclosure – a debatable amendment to the UK's Arbitration Act 1996

On 6 September 2023, the Law Commission for England and Wales published its Review of the Arbitration Act 1996: Final report and Bill. The Commission notes “the consensus that the Act works well, and that root and branch reform is not needed or wanted”, but nonetheless proposes amendments. One would insert a new section 23A […]

Back to London

Back to London

   After nine and a half years at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, I have come back to London to practise as a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator.  I had lived in Brussels for several years when I worked at the Motion Picture Association, so I was accustomed to a French-speaking environment.  Although […]

Note: as I am currently acting as a Counsellor at the World Intellectual Property Organization, I am not updating the GR Blog.

Microsoft Xbox One: Regulatory puzzles in a converging marketplace

On Thursday, 12 September 2013, the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Conference heard Nancy Tellem, Microsoft’s Entertainment & Digital Media President, explain the thinking behind the Microsoft Xbox One console, due for release on 22 November 2013. Xbox One is a “state of the art gaming console, a new generation TV and movie system, and a whole […]

Ireland: Data Protection Commissioner loses in Supreme Court over GR

On 3 July 2013 the Irish Supreme Court gave its judgment in the appeal by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (“DPC”) in EMI Records (Ireland) Limited & ors v The Data Protection Commissioner [2013] IESC 34. Although this represents an endorsement of the voluntary graduated response scheme agreed between ISP Eircom and the record labels, the decision was […]

UK: Regulation of the press – judicial review in prospect?

The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press was announced in July 2011 and concluded its first part with the publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s Report in November 2012. Although the recommendations of the Report raised controversy, there seemed little doubt but that some fairly radical strengthening was likely in the control of the […]

UK: Speech is free – and so are private copies

On 7 June 2013 the Government published four short consultation papers, setting out for technical comment the draft statutory wording by which it proposes to implement new exceptions for private copying, parody, quotation and public administration. I should like briefly to discuss the private copying exception. The consultation paper states that it is the Government’s […]

UK: Intellectual Property Bill

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 10 May 2013 and received its first parliamentary discussion on 22 May 2013 at Second Reading. The Bill was referred to a Grand Committee for further examination, which is scheduled to begin on 11 June 2013, following the recess. The Bill addresses […]

Piracy statistics UK and France – and a little more price-elasticity

Piracy statistics UK and France – and a little more price-elasticity

In March 2013 UK regulator Ofcom published new statistics on the infringing consumption of copyright content on the internet. This survey – referred to as “Wave 2” by Ofcom – is the second such exercise and covers online behaviour by users aged 12+ in the period August to October 2012. Conveniently, the French HADOPI published […]

Thomas Dillon

What is a “European work”? A hole in the AVMS Directive and a footnote on arbitration

Friday 22 December 2023 On 29 November 2023 the European Audiovisual Observatory organised a conference in Brussels, “The promotion of European works according to the AVMSD: where do we stand?” The conference was intended to launch a new Observatory publication, “The Promotion of European Works”.  Video of the proceedings is accessible here.  As a result of the discussion, […]

Thomas Dillon

What is a “European work”? A hole in the AVMS Directive and a footnote on arbitration

Friday 22 December 2023 On 29 November 2023 the European Audiovisual Observatory organised a conference in Brussels, “The promotion of European works according to the AVMSD: where do we stand?” The conference was intended to launch a new Observatory publication, “The Promotion of European Works”.  Video of the proceedings is accessible here.  As a result of the discussion, […]

Thomas Dillon

What is a “European work”? A hole in the AVMS Directive and a footnote on arbitration

Friday 22 December 2023 On 29 November 2023 the European Audiovisual Observatory organised a conference in Brussels, “The promotion of European works according to the AVMSD: where do we stand?” The conference was intended to launch a new Observatory publication, “The Promotion of European Works”.  Video of the proceedings is accessible here.  As a result of the discussion, […]