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

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