Introduction to Non-Fungible Tokens and their potential applications in the media and entertainment industry

Non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) have been dominating technology columns in the media lately. Items that would previously not have been considered traditionally ‘marketable’ or high value are now being sold for eye-watering sums. For example, a digital artwork by Beeple sold for US$69 million, a token of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for US$2.9 million, a … Read more

AHRC reports on human rights and AI: Implications for the private and public sectors

In this article, we explore the potential implications of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s recent report on Human Rights and Technology (the Report). Released in May 2021, the Report contains 38 ambitious recommendations which may have far-reaching consequences for companies’ use of AI decision making tools. Beyond its specific recommendations, the Report also reflects a … Read more

Revolution or evolution? Tech Disputes podcast series – Episode 2: Trade Secrets Disputes – protecting your key business information

In episode 2 of our Tech Disputes podcast series Revolution or evolution? we take a look at Trade Secrets Disputes – protecting your key business information. Innovation needs to happen at a rapid pace. IP rights are key to locking in the investment made in innovation but in the short term, trade secrets can play a very significant … Read more

CREATING A SAFE HARBOR BEFORE THE DIGITAL TOKEN SHIP SAILS

As we continue to witness the transformation from tangible to digital assets, countries around the world are grappling with the question of how to regulate these new asset classes and, of course, the platforms and service providers that underpin them. The issues is that digital assets, particularly smart contracts, can be algorithmically programmed with any … Read more

“Broadcasting” white paper on the horizon as the DCMS considers tighter regulation of VOD services to boost UK’s media landscape

On 23 June 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (“DCMS“) announced plans to consult on extending its existing regulatory remit and tighten regulations on video-on-demand services, including in respect of those based outside of the UK. The announcement comes against the backdrop of a more general strategic review of the UK public … Read more

Revolution or evolution? Technology and the changing dispute resolution landscape podcast series – new episode released

There is no hiding from the fact that technology is changing the landscape of dispute resolution. Our latest podcast series “Revolution or evolution?” explores where, how and why this is happening. Episode 1 “Fences and ambulances” talks about IT contracts and key themes we encounter when things don’t turn out as planned and parties find … Read more

Russian legislature to attempt making foreign IT companies open local offices

On 21 May 2021, a new draft bill concerning foreign IT companies operating in Russia was submitted to the State Duma. According to the text of this proposal, owners of foreign Internet resources with a daily audience exceeding 500 000 Russian-based users will be required to (1) establish a Russian legal entity or (2) open … Read more

NEW ERA FOR UK ONLINE REGULATION: LONG-AWAITED UK ONLINE SAFETY BILL PUBLISHED

After a series of delays, on 13 May 2021, the UK Government unveiled its proposed legal framework to introduce tough new measures requiring social media companies and technology companies, among others, to protect online users. The long awaited Online Safety Bill (the “Bill“) is a comprehensive package which seeks to combat illegal and harmful practices … Read more