Review of format rights – a familiar outcome in the "Happy Camper" case
Although standard in the television industry, there is still a grey area surrounding the legal protection and enforceability of format rights. In the UK, television programme formats are not afforded a separate legal right.
Copyright Directive: Articles 18-23 – the "best seller" provisions
These provisions set out that where authors and performers license or transfer their rights in their copyright work, they should receive appropriate and proportionate remuneration.
The EU makes B2C contract law enter the age of data
After more than 3 years of negotiations, the EU adopted a package comprising a directive on contracts for the supply of digital content and services ("DCD") and a directive on contracts for the sale of goods ("SGD"), both applicable in B2C relations. Member States will have two years to transpose these directives into their national law. A major innovation of the DCD lies in its scope of application, as it does not only apply where the consumer pays a price but also when he/she provides personal data as a counter-performance. This raises concerns on interactions with data protection law.
The Digital Single Market – the new, but still limited, copyright Directive for cross-border TV and radio programmes
New EU rules intended to facilitate access to online TV and radio content across borders were formally signed in April at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Fieldfisher celebrates largest ever partner promotion round
Growing European law firm has made up 14 partners, comprising seven women and seven men, across five offices in the latest round of partner promotions – the biggest number in the firm's history.
Geo-unblocking commitments in media licences – premature until Brexit is sorted out?
The European Commission has accepted commitments offered by The Walt Disney Co, NBC Universal Media LLC, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. and Sky TV to put an end to the practice of "geo-blocking" in order to allow EU consumers outside Britain and Ireland to access films online or via satellite.
Junior market detractors should AIM criticisms elsewhere
Fieldfisher responds to article in the Sunday Times regarding the number of AIM-listed company insolvencies in 2018.
Mobile Ads Support Savvy Studios
App Annie published its predictions earlier this month relating to five trends to watch in mobile commerce.
What does a no Brexit deal mean for intellectual property rights?
Following the publication on 24 September 2018 by the UK government of 24 technical notices on a no deal Brexit scenario, members of our IP team (Alice Boyd, Caroline Bass, Nicole Jadeja, Shalini Jayaweera, Claire Keepax and Rebecca Pakenham-Walsh) take each IP right in turn and explain the impact of a no Brexit deal on these IP rights.
Sky's video games joint venture will help it level up significantly
Sky recently announced that it had formed Skybound Stories, a joint venture formed with Skybound Entertainment, the company behind the post-apocalyptic comic book turned multi-award winning TV series "The Walking Dead," to create video games.
Dirty laundry: Do British businesses risk being tarnished by new EU anti-money laundering rules post-Brexit?
Fieldfisher corporate crime partner Francesca Titus and corporate crime associate Elliott Kenton discuss how moves to tighten up EU AML legislation could side-line UK companies.
Brexit – the Audiovisual Media Services Directive
As a current Member State of the European Union, the UK regulates audiovisual media services in line with the requirements of the AVMS Directive.
"Slam dunk" – NBA star exploits media deals from athlete endorsements
Fledgling athlete signs first endorsement deal with sponsor. Money changes hands (via the athlete's agent of course). Athlete fulfils contractual obligations, appears at a few events and mentions the brand on his or her social media account a few times. A generic contractual relationship. Need it be? I think not.
Fieldfisher has expanded its Chinese operation with a new office in Guangzhou
Fieldfisher has expanded in China with a new office in Guangzhou and the hiring of three partners and four associates
Cannes "Film" Festival Reflections
As usual the Media and Entertainment team here at Fieldfisher attended the Cannes Film Festival. Or as it should have been called this year "Cannes let's-only-talk-about-TV-not-Film Festival".
Putting aside the 800 pound media plurality gorilla in the room, the Sky bidding war can still have plenty of benefits for UK content producers
Any member of the media industry not living under a rock will be aware that yesterday Culture Secretary Matt Hancock cleared the way for Comcast and 21st Century Fox's to engage in the bidding war for Sky.
European law makers strike a deal on key changes to the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive
The European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission have reached preliminary political agreement on the main elements of the proposed changes to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS Directive)
Sector activity stream
Tim Johnson and Rachel Bowley published 'Copyright Directive: Articles 18-23 – the "best seller" provisions '
Ranjit Dhindsa and Matthew Sharp are mentioned in 'Fieldfisher to host IR35 Roundtable in Birmingham'
Tim Johnson and Rachel Bowley published 'The Digital Single Market – the new, but still limited, copyright Directive for cross-border TV and radio programmes'
Tim Johnson and Rachel Bowley published 'Geo-unblocking commitments in media licences – premature until Brexit is sorted out?'
Dr. Sascha Dethof published 'Bundeskartellamt untersagt Facebook die Zusammenführung von Nutzerdaten aus verschiedenen Quellen '
Neil Matthews and Jonathan Brooks published 'Junior market detractors should AIM criticisms elsewhere'