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    03.02.2023
    Ukraine

    Ukraine re­forms copy­right reg­u­la­tion sys­tem in line with EU stand­ards

    On 1 January 2023, a new Copyright Law, the Law “On Copyright and Related Rights”, entered into force in Ukraine.The Copyright Law reforms the Ukrainian copyright protection system and brings Ukrainian copyright legislation in compliance with EU legislation.The new features introduced by the Copyright Law relate, inter alia, to the following:A regulation for computer programmes;An author’s right to a fee from the subsequent sale of their works (applicable only to original artistic work) and remuneration to authors for works created;A regulation of and IP rights for works created...
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    03.02.2023
    Europe

    EU Data Act – Fo­cus on Cloud Ser­vices

    In 2021, the European Commission released its proposal for a “Data Act”, a far-reaching legal regime on access to and use of non-personal data in the EU. The basic premise underlying the Commission’s proposal is that industrial data – 80% of which is not used to date – constitutes untapped potential. Through the Data Act, the Commission aims to overcome the legal, economic and technical obstacles it believes to be responsible for the underuse of data, and to clear the way for increased data use.As highlighted in our earlier Law-Now, the Data Act proposal focuses...
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    03.02.2023
    United Kingdom

    UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lishes con­sulta­tion to bring cryptoassets with­in the scope of the UK reg­u­lat­ory peri­met­er

    On 1st February 2023, His Majesty’s Treasury (“HMT”) published a comprehensive consultation paper (“Consultation Paper”) that sets out the UK Government’s (“Government”) intention to bring cryptoassets and cryptoasset related activities within the scope of the UK financial services regulatory regime, marking the next phase of the Government’s approach to regulating cryptoassets.This is a significant development for the cryptoasset industry in the UK, including for non-UK firms that market their services to UK based customers on a cross border...
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    03.02.2023
    United Kingdom

    Gov­ern­ment pro­poses le­gis­la­tion to man­date min­im­um ser­vice levels dur­ing strike ac­tion

    The industrial landscape has become increasingly complex. The second half of 2022 saw strikes across many sectors including rail, mail, and nursing. Now, teachers are the latest group to strike. In response, the Government has introduced the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, which seeks to reduce the impact of strike action by guaranteeing a minimum level of service across various sectors during periods of strike action.Under the new plans, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy would have the power to set minimum service levels across the following sectors:TransportHealthcareEducationFireBorder...
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    03.02.2023
    United Kingdom

    Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date – Novem­ber 2022 - Janu­ary 2023

    Trustees of occupational pension schemes have a statutory duty to ensure that they have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the legal issues relevant to their scheme.  They must also ensure that they are up to date with relevant changes in the law, which given the volume of pensions legislation and regulation and other demands on their time, can be difficult.With this in mind, our regular trustee knowledge update (“TKU”) is aimed specifically at pension scheme trustees, letting them know what has changed in the last quarter and how it might be relevant to them. It highlights...
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    03.02.2023
    International

    On your radar | Is­sue 20 | Key em­ploy­ment is­sues to be aware of in­ter­na­tion­ally

    Welcome to the first edition of On your radar for 2023, which highlights expected employment law developments over the year ahead.Changes range from big picture concepts around future ways of working, to the finer details of leave entitlements and statutory protections. Both Belgium and Portugal discuss moves towards a 4-day working week, showing a consistent trend, while demonstrating different domestic approaches to achieving that – interesting to see whether other countries will follow either.Another theme we continue to see coming through is ESG, and there are interesting...
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