Data Protection Regulation – EU Parliament Latest Resolution

On 12th March 2014, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of new data protection laws.  The formal First Reading vote confirms the text of the draft Regulation approved by Parliament's LIBE Committee in October 2013.

This is, however, far from the end of the journey to new EU data protection law: the Council of Ministers has yet to finish its review of the Regulation, which must then be agreed with the Parliament.

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Bird & Bird wins several awards in the international Who's Who Legal Awards 2014

Bird & Bird is pleased to announce that our firm won several awards at the Who's Who Legal Awards ceremony which took place in New York on Monday 31 March.

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European Parliament votes for compulsory "Made in …" labels

In April 2014 The European Parliament voted that manufacturers should be required to label all non-food goods with their country of origin. The new law will not only make the labelling mandatory, it may also change well-established rules already in place in several member states of the EU.

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Slovakia retains popular wine brand Tokaj

The producers of Tokaj wine in Slovakia may continue to use the brand name after the CJEU's decision (Case C-31/13P) on 13 February 2014 dismissing Hungary's Appeal and holding that the listing of the Slovak wine name “Vinohradnícka oblasť Tokaj” in the E-Bacchus register of protected designations of origins did not constitute an actionable measure within the meaning of Article 268 TFEU.

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Digital killed the television star

It has always been tricky to identify and target audience demographics in TV advertising. "Spray and pray" is how Yahoo’s chief of sales, Wenda Harris Millard, recently summarised the position. The advertising business was built on top of network television. Traditionally, advertisers could reach the majority of viewers by buying prime time slots on 2 or 3 channels.

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CJEU decision in Meltwater – the internet is saved, browsing does not require a licence

The CJEU today handed down its judgment in the Meltwater case, Public Relations Consultants Association Ltd (PRCA) v The Newspaper Licensing Agency Limited and Others (NLA), holding that on-screen and cached copies of websites generated by end-users in the course of browsing may be made without the authorisation of copyright holders.

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UK Intellectual Property Office copyright guidance on use of images on the web - Commentary by Graham Smith

The IPO today released a copyright notice giving guidance to small businesses and individuals who may wish to use digital or photographic images on the web. It also provides advice for people who may find their own images being used online. Graham Smith, a partner at leading law firm Bird & Bird, comments:

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European Commission awards Bird & Bird's EU & Competition team in Brussels a major contract

The European Commission has awarded Bird & Bird Brussels EU & Competition team a contract worth €2.75 million to study the impact of EU state aid legislation on Research & Development.

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