Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends: the liability of NFT marketplaces for infringing content

After two years of digital shows, the Milan Fashion Week finally returns to the city and we are proud to announce that also our fashion law column is back. In this series of articles (one for each day of the MFW) we will highlight those that in our view are the main trends in fashion …

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Intellectual Property Rights in the Metaverse: NFTs and Fashion

After the already successful relationship between fashion brands and the gaming community, NFTs open up the fashion system to new digital channels. In fact, the possibility for users to not only buy digital items in the fashion space but to also have unique pieces adds a level of exclusivity that has always be key when …

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Liability in the digital and AI age: EU looks beyond the ‘AI act’

Following its April 2021 proposal for a European Artificial Intelligence Regulation, the Commission comes back to the topic of liability for damages in the digital age with a consultation open to the public until January 10, 2022. The purpose of the consultation Having launched the first part of the public consultation on October 18, 2021, …

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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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HFSS products: The Italian advertising authority issues regulation on the commercial communication of foods and beverages addressed to children

By Elena Varese and Andrea Michelangeli The Istituto di Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria, i.e. the Italian advertising standards authority (“IAP“) has recently issued a new piece of regulation aimed at specifically providing guidance on the commercial communication of food and beverage products addressed to children, which entered into force on 9 February 2021 (“Regulation“), thus extending the …

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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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Agriculture 4.0 and data sharing: what’s up?

As technology and innovation are nowadays central to all economic activities, also the most ancient one, agriculture, is opening its doors to let the digital transformation come through. Some refer to this phenomenon as to Agriculture 4.0, while others prefer the definitions of Ag-tech or Digital Agriculture. What is sure, is that the big revolution …

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Cheating in Esports tournaments – legal arguments for discouraging bad players

by Giulio Coraggio, Vincenzo Giuffrè and Micaela Jerusalmi The Esports market has been booming over the last years and the recent Covid-19 strict regulations impacting the sports sector and imposing social distancing have greatly increased the focus on Esports competitions so far. Even with this scenario, the legal challenges for global Esports online platforms and …

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The makeup of protection of a makeup store layout: a missed chance to apply the Cofemel decision?

By Valentina Mazza and Andrea Michelangeli In our fashion law predictions for 2020 (available here), we anticipated Italian case-law following the trend set by the CJEU in the Cofemel decision (for the illustration of the case, see our previous post here) by making it easier to access copyright protection in Italy. No magic wand, but …

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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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