Top 3 Predictions for copyright in 2019

Copyright law is an evolving force. Indeed, its pivotal feature is human creativity – something hard for mankind to get rid of. So, what will happen in 2019 in copyright law in Italy and elsewhere? What are the main trends in copyright law for the next year?

Top 3 predictions for eSports in 2019

The eSports industry is in a period of rapid growth, but the growth of a market often leads to legal issues and obstacles that need to be overcome in order to achieve its potentials.

There is at the moment a range of legal and business issues where eSports need a more comprehensive approach involving learnt lessons from the sports and the gambling sectors.

Below are our top 3 predictions on the legal issues that will affect the eSports industry in 2019.

The fight against counterfeiting continues: the first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List is now out.

After the public consultation launched last January, on 7 December 2018, the European Commission (EC) published the first Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List, which provides examples of reported marketplaces or service providers located outside the EU and engaged in counterfeiting and piracy.

Such Watch List was highly expected by right holders and represents the last measure adopted by the EC against infringers, after the Overview of the functioning of the Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of counterfeit goods via the internet (MoU) in 2016 and the Guidelines for online platforms to tackle illegal content in 2017.

Loot boxes reviewed by the US Federal Trade Commission and in Australia

The Australian Senate Environment and Communications References Committee advised the Australian Government to undertake a comprehensive review of loot boxes within video games. The report published by Australian Authorities noted that loot boxes are “not a homogeneous entity” and there are many different iterations of the mechanic.However, a range of stakeholders, including regulatory agencies and academics, referred to the committee that loot boxes should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In this respect, it should be considered that there are a number of types of loot boxes available in video games.

The Pros and Cons of the new EU Geo-Blocking Regulation

Everyone knows that State frontiers were a serious challenge to the exchange of products and services within the European Union. Then, after reaching the so-called Schengen acquis, Member States managed to tear down internal borders and ensure a well-functioning circulation of products over the Union. The new EU Geo-Blocking Regulation is a further step towards the freedom of services throughout the European Union.

Artificial intelligence and fashion: between innovation and creativity

At the beginning of the year, in our fashion predictions we put artificial intelligence (“AI”) at the top of the fashion agenda and ‒ yes, no magic sphere needed! ‒ we were actually right.

Technology has had a huge impact on the fashion industry and in the last year all the retail giants took an algorithmic approach to fashion. After Amazon’s Echo Look app which gives feedback or recommendations on your outfits and Zara’s interactive fitting rooms, with mirrors recognizing the clothes that you are wearing and suggesting others to match them based on style, color and mood, also Yoox explored the potential of AI.

Intervista a Francesco Bardelli di Generali Jeniot | DLA Piper Digital Ring

Francesco Bardelli è stato uno dei relatori del DLA Piper Digital Ring 2018 dove ha discusso di digital transformation nel settore assicurativo.

Il DLA Piper Digital Ring 2018 è stato un evento di alto livello con top manager da, tra gli altri, Intesa San Paolo, Generali, Microsoft, Airbnb, Alipay, Booking.com, Starhotels ecc. che si sono confrontati sulla digital transformation di fronte a oltre 180 persone.In questo articolo potete trovare la mia intervista a Francesco Bardelli di Generali Jeniot.

How can the blockchain become GDPR compliant?

Blockchain compliance with GDPR requirements was tested by the French privacy authority and the European Commission, with uncertain outcomes.

Blockchain privacy compliance is a very hot topic that led to major discussions. The compliance of the impossibility to remove information from the distributed ledger with the GDPR’s right to be forgotten for instance has been challenged in several instances. But this is only one of the topics now covered by the French data protection authority, the CNIL, in its guidelines on the topic (which were covered here on DLA Piper Privacy Matters blog by my colleagues Denise Lebeau-Marianna and Caroline Chancé) and by the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum of the European Commission in a workshop report recently issued.

Can AI artworks be copyright protected? Some thoughts after the Edmond de Belamy’s case

We all know that artificial intelligence (AI) has limitless potential, that goes beyond the power of human imagination. But what if AI starts creating pieces of art?

This does not seem that new, since we’ve already got used to technologies making creative stuff. Today, 3D printers produce artifacts that in the past we used to do with our own hands. Recent applications of AI to visual art adds another piece (even broader) to this mosaic. Indeed, analytics and reuse of large amounts of data relating to old creative works, digitally copied and reproduced by way of complex systems of AI, can transform machines into creators of brand new artworks. How is this possible?

Legal focus on Banksy’s art of shredding

After revolutionizing the world of art, by transforming an act of vandalism − such as murals − in million dollars artworks, Banksy has recently hit the headlines with his latest provocation. In October, during a Sotheby’s auction, right after the awarding of one of his most famous creations entitled ‘Girl with balloon’ for more than £ 1.000.000, the painting literally destroyed itself. Immediately after, the artist declared to have intentionally placed a shredding machine within the frame. As a consequence, a new piece of artwork – ‘Love is in the bin’ – was created by destroying the first.

This episode definitely calls for some legal analysis also under Italian law of what went on in that occasion. “Can a destroyed artwork be considered as an artwork itself under the Italian Copyright Law? And, above all, what about the buyer’s position, who had purchased an expensive piece of artwork and then was left with some framed stripes of shredded paper?”

DLA Piper Digital Ring 2018 – Il video dell’evento!

After revolutionizing the world of art, by transforming an act of vandalism − such as murals − in million dollars artworks, Banksy has recently hit the headlines with his latest provocation. In October, during a Sotheby’s auction, right after the awarding of one of his most famous creations entitled ‘Girl with balloon’ for more than £ 1.000.000, the painting literally destroyed itself. Immediately after, the artist declared to have intentionally placed a shredding machine within the frame. As a consequence, a new piece of artwork – ‘Love is in the bin’ – was created by destroying the first.

This episode definitely calls for some legal analysis also under Italian law of what went on in that occasion. “Can a destroyed artwork be considered as an artwork itself under the Italian Copyright Law? And, above all, what about the buyer’s position, who had purchased an expensive piece of artwork and then was left with some framed stripes of shredded paper?”