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Waselius & Wist | Finland | 15 Sep 2021

Free speech: how to handle harmful employee comments on social media

In the age of social media, employers are not safe from the backlash against controversial posts made by employees on their personal accounts. Nevertheless, the employee loyalty obligation stipulates that the employee must avoid anything that could substantially harm the employer's business operations. Providing clear guidance for online conduct can protect both parties from potential disputes.
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Schoenherr | Hungary | 3 Sep 2021

Particularities of Copyright Reform Act

Hungary was one of the first countries in Central and Eastern Europe to fully implement the EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive (2019/790/EU) and the EU Satellite and Cable Directive (2019/789/EU). This article takes a more detailed look at some of the new provisions of the Copyright Reform Act and the implications for the media sector.
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 27 Aug 2021

ASA calls on advertisers to make better use of targeting tools to minimise children's exposure to age-restricted ads

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published the findings of its latest monitoring sweep, making use of avatar technology to assess the distribution of ads for alcohol, gambling and high fat, salt or sugar products in websites and YouTube channels attracting a mixed-age audience that is predominantly composed of adults. The ASA is calling on advertisers to make better use of......
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Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum | Argentina | 27 Aug 2021

Agreement signed to guarantee website accessibility

The Legal and Technical Secretariat of the Argentine Presidency and the National Disability Agency recently signed an agreement to guarantee the accessibility of websites with ".ar" domains. The execution of the agreement seeks to promote the incorporation of website accessibility guidelines into domains registered with the Network Information Centre Argentina and develop campaigns, courses......
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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP | European Union | 20 Aug 2021

European Commission preliminary report on consumer IoT

The European Commission recently published its preliminary report as part of its inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things sector. The report confirms the rapid growth of this sector but also identifies potential concerns put forward by the respondents to the sector inquiry. The European Commission's findings will no doubt prove useful in shaping the European Union's proposed Digital......
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 6 Aug 2021

Ofcom publishes study on news consumption in United Kingdom

A recent Ofcom study looked at how adults and older children (aged 12–15) in the United Kingdom consumed news across TV, radio, print, social media, podcasts, other internet sources and magazines. The study found that young people are significantly more likely to keep up with news using the Internet than TV or other sources.
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 30 Jul 2021

Law Commission proposes reforms to communications offences

The Law Commission has proposed reforms to communications offences to target serious harms from online abuse and protect freedom of expression. The reforms, if enacted, involve a shift away from prohibited categories of communication (eg, "grossly offensive") to focus on the harmful consequences of particular communications.
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Wiggin LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Jul 2021

Government publishes Online Media Literacy Strategy to fight online disinformation

The government has published a new Online Media Literacy Strategy as part of its drive to combat the spread of misinformation and disinformation. The idea behind the strategy is to give people the skills to think critically about what they see and read online and help children navigate the Internet safely.
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Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum | Argentina | 16 Jul 2021

New Supreme Court ruling on search engine liability

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Justice recently ruled in a new case concerning the civil liability of internet search engines. Following the criteria of the leading Rodríguez and Gimbutas cases, the Court understood that search engines are not liable for third-party generated content since this constitutes the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of speech and publication of......
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Smart & Biggar | Canada | 14 Jun 2021

You sunk my pirate ship: Federal Court of Appeal upholds first anti-piracy site-blocking order

The Federal Court of Appeal recently upheld a Federal Court order which enjoined Canada's main internet service providers to block their subscribers' access to certain piracy websites. The dismissal of this appeal, which recognises the irreparable harm that piracy causes to the creative sector, is another important decision for copyright holders. The decision once again confirms that the......
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