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China to Establish the Second and Third Internet Court

The Internet has become the second space in human life, changing people’s production and lifestyle, refreshing the concept of law, judicial practice and public demand for court services. The characteristics of virtuality, cross-regionality, and decentralization of the Internet have created enormous challenges to the existing legal theory and judicial system. Parties who are used to …

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A new possibility to block online file sharing platforms?

European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that ‘The Pirate Bay’ infringes copyrights With its decision on June, 14th the ECJ might have paved the road for proceeding against online sharing platforms. Up to now taking legal action in order to restrict the offer of copyright-protected works was rather complicated and did not guarantee sustainable success. …

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IP-intensive industries and the economy of the European Union

Intellectual Property intensive industries in the European Union are well alive and have a growing importance for the economy. This is the general conclusion of a report written by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office), along with the EPO (European Patent Office), and published in October 2016. This report, based on research and surveys …

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Can the artistic creation of robots be entitled to copyright protection?

A few years ago, this question will have seemed coming straight out of one of the Hollywood movies. But today, due to the technology development this question finds a place in doctrine. However, this interrogation is subject to debate within the legal profession. In its current states, French law does not allow a corporation to …

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Precedent or sui generis in the art world: Judge condemned an artist to create a big and ‘roomfilling’ piece of art

The 24th of June the Court in Rotterdam, gave judgement in the case Kreuk vs. Vo. [1] In this case Bert Kreuk, a Dutch art collector, sued the Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo because of a default of contract. Vo had failed to deliver a piece of art for “Transforming the Known”, an exhibition of Kreuk’s …

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