Government and CMA respond to DCMS report on reform of music streaming industry, but action to be taken remains uncertain

On 22 September 2021, the UK Government and the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA“) published their response (the “Response“) to the Digital, Cultural, Media and Sports Committee (“DCMS Committee“) report (the “Report“) on the economics of music streaming. The Report was published in July 2021 (see our previous blog post here) and set out a … Read more

A new industry standard for influencer marketing: ISBA launches new Code of Conduct

On 14 September 2021, the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (“ISBA“) launched a Code of Conduct for influencer marketing (the “Code“) aimed at raising standards, addressing negative issues surrounding the sector and making it more transparent for consumers. In the UK there has been increasing regulatory activity around influencer marketing, both by the Competition and … Read more

Latest episode in Tech Disputes podcast discusses software and data licensing disputes

Technology is changing the landscape of dispute resolution but where, how and why is this happening? Revolution or evolution? – Technology and the changing disputes resolution landscape is a new podcast series that launched in June exploring the key changes and how our clients can minimise exposure and navigate the new environment to successfully resolve disputes. Read more

Charging forward – Ofgem’s drive to electrify transport

On Saturday 4 September 2021 Ofgem (the energy regulator in Great Britain) published its plans to further support the UK’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in the deployment of EVs and their integration into the electricity system. Ofgem aims to get the network ready for EVs and ensure there is sufficient network capacity for EV … Read more

A MODEL LAW FOR DISTRIBUTED AUTONOMOUS ORGANISATIONS

The Coalition of Automated Legal Applications has published a Model Law for DAOs, which seeks to bring legal certainty to the organisations. WHAT IS A DAO? Effectively an organisation that substitutes traditional governance with rules encoded as a computer program providing transparency and control to the organisation’s members. Read more

The DCMS calls for a complete reset of the music streaming industry

Following a wide-spread inquiry, the Digital, Cultural, Media and Sports Committee (DCMS) published a report which has called for a complete reset of the music streaming market. The proposed reform of legislation and regulation is aimed at addressing the: ‘pitiful returns’ that creators receive from streaming; disparity in power between creators and companies; major music … Read more

UK government consults on proposals for a new pro-competition regime for digital markets

On 20 July 2021 the government published a consultation on its proposals for a new pro-competition regime for digital markets.  The proposals are based on the recommendations set out in the Furman Review, the CMA’s final report of its market study into online platforms and advertising and the Digital Markets Taskforce report to government published in December 2020.  The Furman review concluded … Read more

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