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Today marks one month until the 17 February deadline for publishing EU user numbers (or Monthly Active Recipients (“MARs”)) under the Digital Services Act (“DSA”). This applies to online platforms of all sizes that host and disseminate user content, not just “VLOPs”, and the disclosure must be made on a public-facing part of the platform’s interface/website (following art 24(2) DSA). Calculating MARs can be a tricky and lengthy process, complicated by a distinct lack of…

On 4 October the European Council officially approved the DSA. That means that the only thing left is for it to be published in the Official Journal, and a spokesperson said yesterday that is going to happen soon: “The DSA, a new online-content regulation, will be signed into EU law on 19 October, an EU spokeswoman has said…The signing ceremony will be held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg 19 October 2022. The DSA says…

El Parlamento Europeo aprobó el 5 de julio el articulado final del Reglamento de Servicios Digitales (DSA) y del Reglamento de Mercados Digitales (DMA). Estas normas regulan la posición jurídica de proveedores de servicios digitales de intermediación (p. e. plataformas como marketplace, motores de búsqueda, redes sociales, servicios de hosting, etc.) y, consecuentemente, afectan también a todos los demás players (usuarios y empresas de todos los tamaños) que interactúan a través de sus servicios.…

I. Introduction This article focuses on the use of NFTs in metaverses. At first, we will briefly introduce NFTs, particularly in the video games industry. Video games feature vast virtual worlds that are a considerable part of many companies’ metaverse strategy, with many of the major fashion brands bringing their products to video games. Subsequently, we will provide insights concerning two key legal areas for NFTs: financial regulation (Section II) and intellectual property rights (Section…

After being postponed twice, the European Commission (Commission) published its draft Digital Markets Act (DMA) on 15th December 2020, in revised form — the EU’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board having objected to earlier iterations. The DMA takes the form of a regulation as the Commission seeks to ensure maximum alignment among Member States. The proposed “Digital Services Act” (DSA ) was published on the same day. You can download and read our in-depth guide to the…

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission published its long awaited drafts of the “Digital Services Act” (DSA) and “Digital Markets Act” (DMA). In the run up to the drafts being released there was intense speculation about how far the Commission would go in trying to achieve its aims of “(making) sure that we, as users, have access to a wide choice of safe products and services online. And that businesses operating in Europe can…

As technology evolves, the media industry continues to be transformed for consumers. In this presentation delivered at the recently concluded Asia Video Summit 2020, our partner Andrew Stewart (Sydney) looks at a high-level overview of how technology has shaped our industry in recent years and how it will impact us in the years to come. Click here to view.

Technology has facilitated ever-increasing content creation and with this benefit comes less-than-desirable phenomena, like fake news and defamatory content. This, along with the opportunities and challenges that user-generated content creates for the tech industry, has made the regulation of online content a global hot topic. In this episode of TMT Talk, Carolina Pardo, Janet Mackenzie, Lawrence Lee, Lex Kuo, and Gabriela Paiva-Morette discuss the trends and recent updates on the measures employed worldwide to tackle this issue. https://open.spotify.com/episode/0w0xm7CzmTRdGynU4GeJWu

The ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 has thrown fake news into the spotlight, with governments worldwide racing against time to contain not only the spread of the pathogen, but also the flurry of fake news, with fears that online misinformation, if left unchecked, could be more infectious than the disease itself. Different jurisdictions have dealt with the issue in different ways, with some taking a hard-line stance via legislation, and others preferring a softer approach…