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Pin-up Pirates

A CJEU case involving leaked Playboy photos may confirm that hyperlinks to third party sites will rarely violate copyright, even where the link is to infringing content. Hyperlinking, providing a clickable link directing a user to another website, is one of the basic tools of online communication.  Almost every webpage,…

Whatsapp-ening with Encryption?

Whatsapp, the app that enables over one billion people worldwide to trade messages, make phone calls, send photos, and swap videos, has taken a huge step in protecting its customer’s data by encrypting all messages sent or received on its service. The company describes itself as “a leader in protecting…

Fashion’s getting personal

High fashion meets big data. When we think of technology and fashion, wearables and smart fabrics are often the first concepts to come to mind, but fashion businesses are getting smarter; it’s not the technology in what we wear, but the technology in how we think and what we like…

New Adventures in Wifi

A CJEU case could ensure that providers of free wifi are not exposed to liability for their users’ actions.  Consumers increasingly expect that cafes, hotels, pubs and even shops offer free wifi access on the premises as part of their service.  If the businesses could be liable in damages for…

Attack the Block

Ad-blocking software raises legal, ethical and economic issues, but the law does not yet offer a solution for beleaguered publishers. For many web users, ad-blocking (or ad-filtering) software makes the web an easier place to be.  News articles can be read without video adverts for luxury cars suddenly filling the…

European Online Dispute Resolution Platform: what you need to know

The new EU-wide Online Dispute Resolution platform requires action to be taken by all traders entering into online sales or service contracts with consumers. A new interactive and multilingual Online Dispute Resolution platform (ODR Platform) has been launched as part of the European Commission’s initiative to encourage cross-border trade and…