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  • Analysis: Hachette deal reveals a shift in copyright

    November 22, 2010

    This week’s deal with Hachette Livre suggests the publishing industry has finally accepted the value of Google’s digital model

  • Google to scan out-of-print French books

    November 18, 2010

    Google has agreed in principle a deal that will see the Mountain View company scan publisher Hachette’s French out-of-print works

  • Reform of collecting societies draws nearer

    November 09, 2010

    The organisation of Europe’s collecting societies, which is largely on a member state basis, has frustrated licensees for years. But more recently it has also denied users new ways of accessing music

  • Commission clears French plan for subsidised downloads

    October 12, 2010

    The European Commission has told the French government it can subsidise a legal music downloading service as a way of combating illegal file-sharing

  • What the Google AdWords case means for IP owners

    April 01, 2010

    Seven years after LVMH sued Google over its AdWords programme, Europe’s top court has ruled that the search engine is not liable under EU trade mark law. But that’s far from the end of the story

  • Questions remain over Google’s liability

    March 25, 2010

    In a robust statement issued after Tuesday’s decision on the legality of its AdWords programme, Google claimed that the Court of Justice has cleared it of liability for trade mark infringement. Not all lawyers agree

  • Keyword decisions: two down, three to go

    March 23, 2010

    Tuesday’s ruling from Europe’s highest court is the first of five decisions due from the Court of Justice of the EU relating to the legality of Google’s AdWords programme, with the second following just two days later

  • Comment: Louis Vuitton Malletier v eBay

    February 17, 2010

    Arnaud Michel and Tougane Loumeau of Gide Loyrette Nouel examine what last week’s judgment against eBay means for brand owners, and explain why it leaves some questions unanswered

  • France brokers deal on sales of fakes online

    January 25, 2010

    Brand owners and internet platforms have signed what French government officials believe is the first voluntary agreement to tackle online sales of counterfeits

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