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Telecommunications and Electronic Communications in Albania

The electronic communications sector in Albania is governed by the Electronic Communications Law, 2008, as amended and supplemented by...
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White Collar Crime in Malaysia

A Malaysian perspective on White-Collar Crime. A daunting task it has failed to curb, yet.

The New Opportunities For the Technoparks In Turkey and in the World

Research and Development (R&D) activities have been supported in numerous countries since 1970's in order to increase the industrial production...

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide if the Human Genome Should Be Patented

Medical researchers and private companies across the world spend years mapping the human genome in an effort to discover the root causes - and...

PRC Data Privacy Laws in a Nutshell

Notwithstanding the reasoning, companies in China have yet another amorphous compliance bugbear to obey. Given the inconsistent state of...

Advantages of E-GKS in Terms of Transparency - Turkey

There is a significant regulation with regard to the companies in Turkey and their shareholders in Turkey and abroad which has been promulgated...

Every Book Ever Written Soon to be Searchable on the Internet Thanks to Fair Use Doctrine

  By HG.org
Virtually anyone who has used the Internet outside of China has heard of the search engine giant Google (China blocks Google and has its own...

Telecommunication Companies Must Report Data Mishaps Immediately – Germany

Once again, the EU is dealing with data protection. Under new EU regulations, companies must now report data mishaps within 24 hours.

Patent Expirations Creating Opportunities for Biotech M&A

With patent expirations large pharmaceuticals are facing, there has been a tremendous opportunity for growing biotech companies.

Legal Considerations for Website Terms of Service

  By HG.org
If you run a website, you may already be familiar with the concept of website's terms of service (“TOS”). If you are just starting out with your...

Getting a Clean Bill of Health for Privacy in Your Mobile App

App developers, users, and regulators alike are all grappling with the possibilities and implications of app technology in the health sector. As...

The Relevance of Cybersecurity Risk Management - Malta

The majority of enterprises nowadays rely on information technology as an essential tool for meeting their business objectives as well as...

Distribution and Sale of Used Software Licenses - Germany

The rights of software licenses may not simply be transferred with the sale of authenticity certificates.

Moves Towards Consolidation of Data Privacy Law in Indonesia

Of all human rights, privacy can be one of the most difficult to balance. This is exacerbated by the Internet where free, easy and voluntary...

A Comparison of the Legal Use of Electronic Signatures in the U.S.A. and in Turkey

The United States Congress enacted ESIGN in 2000 (Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 7001 – 7006, (2012))...

Ukraine Extends Tax Privileges for IT Sector

Acknowledging the importance of the IT sector in Ukraine’s economy, the government has provided tax breaks to qualified companies and...

Cologne Higher Regional Court (OLG): Liability of Spouses in the Event of Copyright Breaches

A proprietor of an internet connection generally should not be liable for copyright breaches of their spouse.

Live Streaming Possible up to a Certain Limit, Rules ECJ - Germany

The ECJ has ruled that the spreading of television programs via live streaming without the creator’s consent shall not be possible.

Article 29 Working Party Guidelines for Apps on Smart Devices - Belgium

On February 27, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party adopted an opinion on smart devices. The opinion strives to clarify the European...

The Resale of Second Hand Software Is Possible - EC

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that the general permission of resale of software also applies, if the licenses have been...

ECJ: Live Streaming Only Possible to a Limited Extent

It has emerged from a judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dated 7 March 2013 (file no. C-607/11) that television broadcasters can...

Film Companies Demand Google Perform Takedowns in Secret

Google has long provided the service of blocking search results in pursuance to website takedown requests.

Ban on Retransmitting Television Programs by Broadcasting Companies - Germany

The retransmission of television programs of broadcasting companies over the internet by other companies can be prohibited by a broadcasting...

DR Congo Adopts a Legal Framework for the Implementation and Operation of Fiber Optic Telecommunication Networks

The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies of Information and Communication, « The Minister », has recently taken, not...

EFF Implements Right of Data Access in California

In the EU, the “right of access” to one’s personal data has existed for over a decade. The US, on the other hand, seemed to be moving in a...

Non-transferability of Telecom Licenses Challenged Following the Accession of the DR Congo to OHADA

Since September 12, 2012, OHADA Law (the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) is directly applicable and binding, as...

Icann Listing Trademarks to Stifle Cybersquatting

The internationally recognised regulator of web addresses Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is constantly seeking new...

Neelie Kroes pushes Tech Creativity in the EU

When we think about creativity in the field of technology, we normally think about the U.S. and Japan. The European Union Commissioner for...

Cyber Security Directive May Prove Difficult - Malta

The EU has long been considering the implementation of frameworks and legal solutions to address mounting concerns in regard to cyber security....

EU Commission Follows through and Fines Microsoft

For over a year, Microsoft has been under the watch of the EU Commission regarding a perceived breach in EU competition law due to their...

Data Privacy in Hong Kong – New Rules for Direct Marketing

The data privacy law in Hong Kong underwent a microscopic review a result of the Octopus card case of unauthorized sale of customers' personal...

App Developers Sceptical about New FTC and EU Policies on Data Privacy

EU Application (App) developers for smartphones and tablets are anxiously awaiting new guidelines from the Article 29 Working Party which is...

Technology in Litigation and its Cost Saving Ways

Technology has become a staple in today’s legal industry by shaping and changing the way business is conducted.

EU Bent on Reform in Telecoms Sector

On the 14th January 2013, Neelie Kroes, in her capacity as Commissioner responsible for telecommunications within the European Union, issued a...

EU—Article 29 Working Party Opinion 08/2012: Further Input on the EU Data Protection Reforms

The proposed new EU General Data Protection Regulation continues to generate discussion at the EU level.

BELGIUM—Time to Comply with the Amended Telecom Act

The amendments to the Belgian Act on Electronic Communications (Telecom Act) entered into force on October 1, 2012. Amongst other things, the...

Facebook Pictures and Privacy Concerns with Facial Recognition Technology

Face Recognition Technology

Video Deposition Formats - What They Are and How to Choose

This article was written to help explain the various video formats available to attorneys after conducting a video deposition.

European Commission Re-Ignites the Browser Wars

In 2009, Microsoft made an agreement with the European Commission, in its capacity as the pan-European antitrust watchdog that it would offer...

Is Mobile Technology the Future of Innovation?

A new study reveals that over 20 percent of patent filings can now be traced to mobile technology. The findings suggest that the industry may be...

Common EU Data Protection Framework Demanded - Malta

Service providers in the mobile and ICT sectors are currently calling for a review of the existing EU level framework concerning the protection...

Certain Time Irrelevant For Community Trademark Prioritization - Germany

Where the priority of the community trademark over a national trademark is in debate, then the day of registration is pertinent and not the...

One DMCA Takedown - 1.45 Million Blogs Taken Down in Malta

A recent DMCA takedown request to the web hosting company “ServerBeach” resulted in the temporary denial of access to 1.45 million education...

Discussion on Digital Rights following ACTA - Malta

In the wake of the controversial law commonly called ACTA, the Maltese government has undertaken a public consultation exercise in order to...

Brussels Calls for Standards in Consumer Electronics

In the wake of Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 5, the Brussels based consumer standardisation group ANEC has expressed its “dismay” at...

Google Declares Software Patents Strangle Innovation

On the 21st August 2012 Pablo Chavez, Google’s public policy director, released a statement saying that software patents, rather than promoting...

UK Courts Step Aside on Issues of Abusive Domain Names for Nominet UK

The High Court in the UK recently rejected an appeal made by Michael Toth in regard to his loss of the domain name ‘emirates.co.uk’. Toth, who...

Regulating the Use of Social Media across Continents - EU

Regulation of social media from a global prospective. Jan Dhont comments on transatlantic differences. Social media policies attempt to grapple...

Environmental Audit, One of the Conditions for Mining Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mining is a key sector and continues to grow in several part of the world including in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]. Legislation for...

Australian Privacy Law Reform: A Step Closer to EU Adequacy? - Belgium

In 2012 the Australian Parliament will implement reforms to the Privacy Act which grant more powers to the Information Commissioner and...

Best Practice for Joint Development Agreements - Taiwan

  By Asia Law
Companies that wish to produce new technologies often choose to jointly develop it with others. That option is popular, as it allows two...

How the Internet is Destroying Small Business Commerce and Legal Remedies

The Internet is destroying the enforceability of small business contracts. Here are a few examples: Case 1: Painting Company and the BBB. - A...

Brazil: Satellite TV Opportunities

I spent three weeks in Brazil at the end of 2011, traveling in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the upscale resort town of Buzios in RJ...

Open Wi-Fi Network Owner Not Liable for Copyright Infringement - Malta

In a recent ruling, a Finnish District Court held that when an act of copyright infringement takes place through the use of a person’s open...

Copyright: The Next Generation - Australia

Broadband is a game changing development and policy-makers are still in “catch-up” mode. Legislatures and courts have so far taken a fairly...

Privacy and the Cloud: Issues in Cloud Law - Australia

The adequate protection of the privacy of personal and sensitive data has proved to be one of the key concerns that has emerged in the area of...

Data Security in the Cloud: Issues in Cloud Law - Australia

Inadequate data security leaves businesses open to significant damage and embarrassment. Whilst data security is a key concern for any business...

Transborder Dataflows and Jurisdictional Issues in the Cloud - Australia

Transborder data flows are a significant concern for those interested and involved in cyber-security and information privacy. The issue is given...

How to Draft Clinical Trial Agreements

  By TroyGould
Clinical Trial Agreements (“CTAs”) can be surprisingly complex documents with numerous legal issues, particularly in the setting of a...

EU Commission to further harmonise mobile roaming costs - Update

Update: The Agreement drawn up at EU level regulating this matter will come into force as of 1st July 2012.

Heart Patients: Improved Healing May Come from Use of Stem Cells from Fat by Elizabeth Smith

At least three promising studies during the past decade indicate that heart patients may one day enjoy improved health after their hearts are...

Atlanta Criminal Lawyers Explain the Meaning of “Taking the Fifth”

We’ve all heard the phrase “taking the Fifth.” A defendant in a criminal defense TV drama takes the Fifth in answer to a question as his Atlanta...

Bed Sores are Amongst Most Common Hospital Errors

Recognizing that the development of a bed sore during an admission to a hospital as something that simply should not occur, many facilities have...

Beware of Trademark Scams

Recently, McDole & Williams has received multiple requests to evaluate official-looking trademark registration notices received by clients....

Do's and Don'ts on How to Use Google for Legal Work

Unfortunately, about two out of three new clients come to our firm because they have a problem with their signed contract or legal...

The New U.S. Patent Law - Pros and Cons

A brief summary of some positive and negative consequences of the America Invents Act. America Invents Act: Pros and Cons - by Todd Juneau

European Watchdog Calls for Stricter Regulation on ‘Cookies’

The European online privacy watchdog known as the ‘Article 29 Working Party’ has called for stricter regulation on the practice of using...

Stem Cell Research: Potentially Beneficial but Controversial

In 2004, California voters enacted Proposition 71, approving $3 billion worth of funding for stem cell research to be allocated over a 10-year...

The Internet is About to Change – Are You Ready for New gTLDs?

Generic top level domains known as “gTLDs” are about to change. If you are thinking that this may be interesting but has no effect on you or...

Data Processing in Hungary: New Act and New Authority

The Hungarian Parliament has recently adopted a new act arguing that the provisions of the current data protection are outdated. Although the...

SEC Rules Affecting Shell Companies

What is a Shell Company? Securities Act Rule 405 and Exchange Act Rule 12b-2 define a Shell Company as a company, other than an asset-backed...

Petroleum Market Law and Its Implementations

Petroleum Market Law numbered 5015 has been enacted at December 4, 2003, within the efforts performed to institutionalize the market economy and...

Protecting Your Personal Information with Online Privacy Laws

A lot of people who use the internet have the need to protect their privacy. However, the internet is still so new that online privacy laws are...

Debt Relief Websites: Are they Honest?

Debt Relief Websites are they trouble? Make sure you review the terms and conditions of any site before agreeing.

European Court of Justice Does Not Rule Out Foreign Television Services

In a preliminary ruling passed by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice on the 4th October 2011, the court laid down a variety of...

Complaints against Microsoft’s Acquisition of Skype

Microsoft is currently in the process of acquiring the well known VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider Skype. This move has caused a...

Retraction Demands Related to 3rd Party Content

Defamation and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Online Data: The New Oil

The author explains behavior marketing and its possible ramifications on people.

User Agreements for your website

Don't think you need contracts for your website? Think again! Consult a lawyer today that specializes in internet law.

Import Substitution: Adaptation of Foreign Manufacturers of Medicines to the New Ukrainian Reality

Over the last several years the pharmaceutical markets of some countries of the former Soviet Union have witnessed strengthening positions of...

EU Commission to Further Harmonise Mobile Roaming Costs

The European Commission is persisting in its efforts to bring about further accessibility to consumers roaming within its borders by further...

The Impact of Constitutional Protections on E-Discovery

The technological advances that have accompanied the digital age have presented lawyers in California and elsewhere with new challenges when...

Regulatory Challenges Related to Mobile Gaming - Malta

Until a few years ago, a mobile phone consisted of a handheld device which enabled a subscriber to make and receive voice calls whilst mobile,...

EU’s Smart Specialization Strategies Platform - Smart Growth in Europe 2020

In the European Commission’s Communication regarding the contribution of the regional policy in the area of smart growth in the Europe 2020...

Going Mobile: A Quick Guide to Legal Issues When Monetizing (Non-Music) Content

You are a publisher of traditional hard copy content (newspapers, books, graphic novels, magazines, photographs) and your materials are in...

China's Seed Industry

  By MMLC Group
This article looks at the major legal issues associated with China's seed industry, as well as provides a snapshot of the main Chinese entities...

Cyber Security Bill: Panacea for Cyber Crimes and Related Practices? - Nigeria

Stakeholders in Information and Communication sector recently reiterated their commitment to the passage of the anti-cyber crime bill into law.

Electronic Evidence Meets Right to Privacy in Texas Divorce Cases

There is a false sense of security that takes place when we log on to the internet, our smart phones, or some other form of electronic...

Easy Steps to Protect Your Website from Being Copied

Website copying is common because of the popular myth that if something is on the Internet; it is in the "public domain" and therefore can be...

Self-Incrimination in Your Pocket

California Supreme Court allows search of data stored on mobile phone without warrant.

The Computer Is a Crime Machine

Computer crimes and prosecutions on the rise: cyber espionage, theft of corporate trade secrets and identity fraud continue to increase.

New Law on Data Protection in Ukraine

After years of paralysis, Ukrainian business-related legislation is undergoing major changes. For instance, a new tax code came into effect in...

E-Justice

E-justice, the use of Internet technology in handling various administrative procedures before, during and after the administration of justice,...

Legal Issues Associated with Cloud Computing in China

  By MMLC Group
This article looks at some of the Chinese regulations that are most relevant to cloud computing in China. It is hoped that more comprehensive...

Penny Auctions: The Legalities and Realities

Penny auction sites are popping up everywhere on the Internet, like mushrooms after a storm. You've seen their ubiquitous banner ads, perhaps...

Domain Name Registering and Domain Name Squatting

Suppose you have an inside lock on the world's best widgets. Not now, but at some point in the indeterminate future, you intend to create an...

Terms of Service: Why You Need Them on Your Website

Why are they important to have on your website?

ISP Liability for Internet Defamation

Defamation is a serious problem on the Internet. For the same reason that the Web has become a great tool for research and mass dissemination of...

Crucial Elements of a Terms of Service Agreement

The author gives 5 important examples in Terms of Services.

How to Protect Your Business against Internet Defamation

The Internet is, as the cliché goes, "a marketplace of ideas." Whether a person has an opinion on politics, commerce, or even the show they saw...


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