July 4, 2019

Tanya Aplin, Intellectual Property Law Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, spoke on the cutting edge of 'artistic' creativity generated by artificial intelligence (AI). Defining AI is difficult, and there is no general consensus but she proposed a functional definition of AI as « a set of techniques enabling machines to perform tasks typically requiring human interve...

June 28, 2019

Mary Honeyball got the C8 Associates ball rolling by presenting the ambitious program of the European Union for the digital single market to a captivated audience, composed of intellectual property officers, lawyers, scholars, and copyright professionals. She reminded us that the EU agenda aims to provide a wide regulatory framework for the digital sphere ensuring, for the online world, the free mo...

The EU elections attracted the biggest turnout for quarter of a century, bucking the trend of declining interest in the EU among European voters.

It was spurred by Brexiteers and their national equivalents, matched by internationalists who wanted to show their pro-European credentials.

But there was no clear manifesto on either side and the result is a curate’s egg.

The two largest parties are the Eur...

June 4, 2019

The Digital Single Market is part of the Europe 2020 strategy and was one of the primary political priorities of the Juncker Commission.

It aims to facilitate an EU-wide regulatory framework, which ensures the free movement of persons, services and capital under conditions of fair competition and high levels of data protection, for the online world. The Digital Single Market strategy is based upon t...

May 21, 2019

As Queen sang in 1984 ‘It’s a machine’s world.

Don’t tell me I ain’t got no soul.

When the machines take over,

It ain’t no place for rock’n’roll’

(‘Machines (Or Back To Humans)’  - Taylor/May.

In 2019, the activities of computers are not limited to carrying out purely repetitive tasks; algorithms are able to create art. This raises not only fundamental philosophical questions but also interesting copy...

May 7, 2019

Recent major events in U.S. copyright have come in pairs. Last October, Congress enacted two bills amending the Copyright Act in its most significant copyright lawmaking since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act 20 years earlier. 

The Music Modernization Act will bring about major changes in music licensing, streamlining the means by which digita...

In the ever-changing and digital world of copyright it is important to retain a high level overview of copyright policy developments at international, European, and national level. In this interactive seminar we provide succinct summaries of the main copyright policy development by three experts for creative industries executives, lawyers, academic and public affairs professionals. In order to enab...

In 2016, big data changed politics in the USA and the UK. Last year, it was the EU that felt the force of big tech as it tried to complete the Digital Single Market.

The big tech companies turned against the Copyright Directive because it aimed to reset the balance between creators and platforms. Until now, the platforms have used the ‘safe harbour’ provisions to argue that they had little or no res...

On 14 November 2018, the UK Government and the EU published the Withdrawal Agreement which had been negotiated by the two sides. It has to be agreed by the UK Parliament, the EU Council and the European Parliament for it to come into effect on 29 March 2019, the day the UK leaves the EU.

Withdrawal Agreement

We asked our experts what the chances are of the Withdrawal Agreement coming into effect on B...

It's not what's in the 585 pages of the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

It's what's been left out.

The Withdrawal Agreement reads like a partial reconstruction of the EU treaties, one piece at a time.

There is the creation of a new Customs Union between the EU and the UK. That will give us free flow of goods between the EU and the UK, including complex supply chains.

The Northern Ireland Protocol guarante...

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