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The logistics services contract is now expressly regulated in the Italian Civil Code: the new Section 1677-bis

by Giacomo Lusardi and Nicoletta Iurilli The Italian rules on service contracts (appalto) have recently been supplemented with Section 1677-bis of the Italian Civil Code, introduced by Section 1, paragraph 819, Law No. 234 of December 30, 2021, and then replaced by Section 37-bis, Decree Law No. 36 of April 30, 2022, converted with amendments …

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New Regulation on machinery products and the digital transition: Obligations for manufacturers, distributors, and importers

by Giacomo Lusardi and Arianna Angilletta On April 21, 2021, along with the proposal for a Regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and as part of the broader “Artificial Intelligence Package,” the European Commission issued the proposal for a Regulation on machinery products that will replace the Machinery Directive (Directive 2006/42/EC) currently in force. In our …

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Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends: Digitalization is fashion – E-commerce and Big Data in the fashion industry

by Enila Elezi and Deborah Paracchini It’s not a new thing that the pandemic’s advent has radically changed our lives, affecting our buying habits, even our daily ones. First, the temporary closure of physical stores during the lockdown and the stringent prevention measures adopted by governments have led consumers to prefer online shopping experiences. We …

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Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends: Is Metaverse the New Fashion Revolution for IP?

Neal Stephenson coined the term “metaverse” in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, where it referred to a 3D virtual world inhabited by avatars of real people, sometimes facilitated by the use of virtual and augmented reality devices, which would blur the barrier between online and offline.

Commercial Practices: Legislative Decree no. 198/2021, implementing Directive (EU) 2019/633 on unfair commercial practices in the agri-food sector, has finally been published and is now in force in Italy

by Elena Varese and Federico Maria Di Vizio On November 30, 2021, the Legislative Decree no. 198/2021 (“Decree”) was published in the Italian Official Gazette, transposing, with some changes, the EU Directive 2019/633 (“Directive”) on unfair commercial practices in business-to-business relations in the agricultural and food supply chain. On an important, practical note, the Decree …

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NFT: just another bubble or the next big revolution?

By Lara Mastrangelo and Valentina Mazza NFTs’ legal implications for the art, music and fashion industries Do you remember Magritte’s famous painting displaying a pipe with the wording “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, or Duchamp’s irreverent readymades? Well, keep them in mind, as it is from that moment on that artists started questioning the relationship …

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Legal risks and implications of hyper-realistic videogames

Although digital consumption was already rising before the Covid-19 outbreak, the pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated this trend. In this context, the gaming industry is one of the wealthiest of all entertainment industries, with revenues projected to reach $159.3 billion in 2020 by the Newzoo 2020 Global Games Market Report and experts don’t see growth taking …

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Il TAR Lombardia non ha sospeso l’E-commerce

by Giacomo Lusardi and Alessandro Ferrari In queste ore si legge su varie testate online, più o meno autorevoli, che il TAR della Lombardia avrebbe “bocciato” l’ordinanza della medesima regione dello scorso 11 aprile 2020, per aver esteso l’e-commerce anche ai beni che non rientrano tra quelli essenziali o strategici di cui all’Allegato 1 del …

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Top 3 legal predictions on Trade Secrets for 2020

by Laura Gastaldi and Micaela Jerusalmi One year and a half after the implementation of EU Directive No. 934/2016 (the “Trade Secrets Directive”) in Italy, trade secrets are increasingly becoming one of the most valuable assets of companies’ businesses, and this trend is likely to increase. Let’s see what to expect from the upcoming year …

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Top 3 Legal Predictions on Media for 2020

By Alessandro Ferrari and Laura Borelli As we approach 2020, changes in the media landscape are accelerating at an unrelenting pace. The way consumers access their entertainment has come a long way from the traditional linear television and evolution is not taking any break. Factors such as AI and new technologies, as well as the …

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Top 3 Legal Predictions on Fintech for 2020

By Alessandro Ferrari and Ludovica Mosci Last year witnessed the increase of fintech services on the Italian market, thanks to the encouragement provided by PSD2, with the “open banking” obligations on banks and the related API technologies. Fintech startups are no longer seen as a threat to traditional banking, rather as an opportunity to expand …

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