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Bird & Bird in an international law firm that is well-known for its strategic focus on industries being disrupted by technology. While we do not practice US law, we have unrivalled expertise in advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

We're excited to share insights from our lawyers working at the forefront of legal developments in the technology and media sectors. With our Digital Business blog, our aim is to bring you insightful content about how the law can affect your digital business, or the expansion of your physical business into the digital realm. Or, take a look at our Media Writes blog where our media & sports specialists are pairing up with our tech experts and clients to create insights on how tech developments are affecting media & sports.

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How does the UK’s intellectual property regime stand up in the face of emerging AI technology? Running from 7 September to 30 November 2020, the UKIPO’s call for views on AI and IP sought to find answers to a wide range of questions covering patents, copyright, trade marks, designs and trade secrets (see our summary of the questions and the background to the Call for Views here). With 92 responses from individual IP attorneys,…
The dispute arose when Andrew Green won £1,722,500.24 worth of betting chips on a side bet in “Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack”, an online blackjack game provided on Betfred’s website (the “Game”). Betfred withheld Mr Green’s winnings, maintaining that they were under no obligation to pay out, as the abnormal winnings were caused by a defect in the Game’s software and liability for this was excluded in their terms and conditions. Mr Green’s success underlines…
The Australian Online Safety Bill 2021 (Australian Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 24 February 2021 and is currently before the Senate. Background on Online Harms legislation As put by the Australian Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, ‘The internet has brought great social, educational and economic benefits. But just as a small proportion of human interactions go wrong offline, so too are there risks online’. The Australian Government commenced its…
The Court of Appeal on Friday handed down its decision in Warner & Sony v TuneIn, a test case on hyperlinking on appeal from the High Court. The case involves a dispute over TuneIn’s radio app and website, which provides users with links to third party radio stations around the world. The High Court held that while TuneIn’s linking to stations which were already licensed in the UK did not infringe the major labels’ copyright,…
In their latest article for LawInSport, Craig Giles and Conor Hume look at the impact of Brexit on sports broadcasting. In particular, their article considers the influence of Brexit on: satellite transmissions and the use of decoder devices in the UK; the Portability Regulation; the Roaming Regulation; and a broadcaster’s licencing obligations. The post How Brexit Affects Sports Broadcasting in the UK and Europe appeared first on mediawrites.law.…
The scheme’s essentials The unfortunate truth is that governmental measures adopted to limit the spread of COVID-19 are unlikely to be lifted completely by this summer. Public events, including festivals, thus will have to adapt their time-tested model to accommodate for these rules. And this is likely to generate costs. Fortunately, the European Commission has approved the Belgian government’s EUR 10 million scheme intended to support organisers of festivals taking place in the Flemish and Brussels Regions.…
Adam Lewis QC (Blackstone Chambers) and Jonathan Taylor QC (Bird & Bird) are two of the world’s leading sports lawyers. They are also the co-editors, and co-authors with many other leading sports law practitioners, of what many in the industry consider to be the sports law bible: ‘Sport: Law and Practice’. The fourth edition of the book was published by Bloomsbury 11 March 2021. To mark the launch, Sean Cottrell chaired a Q&A…
The Spanish Supreme Court has explained that two cumulative conditions must be satisfied for the subject matter to be classified as a work: 1) the subject matter concerned must be original in the sense that it is the author’s own intellectual creation (i.e. subjective originality); and 2) the subject matter protected by copyright must be expressed in a manner which makes it identifiable with sufficient precision and objectivity, even if that expression is not necessarily…
The book is a collaboration between the sports lawyers here at Bird & Bird and barristers at Blackstone Chambers as well as leading practitioners from other firms and chambers, all of whom are thanked for their hard work and dedication. It constitutes the seminal text covering the intersection between sport and law. The latest edition follows the previously published 3rd edition in 2014. It is a comprehensive statement of applicable law and precedent, as well…
This code of conduct aims to cover certain advertisement principles and more specifically intends to help fulfil the Principle of authenticity of advertising and the prohibition of surreptitious (hidden) advertising. A series of policies and practices for businesses to comply with has therefore been developed. Who will be required to respect the ethical code of influencers and by whom will it be enforced? Businesses and influencers that are subscribed to AUTOCONROL and/or are members of…