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    Part 7 of our 7-part series on the draft Me­dia Bill – lis­ted events re­gime re­vi­sions and a blow for Leveson

    In this article, as part seven of our seven-part series, we will cover:changes to the listed events regime, which are set out in Part 1 of the draft Media Bill; andPart 7 of the draft Media Bill, which: (i) repeals Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013; (ii) makes several amendments related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and (iii) sets out the general provisions of the draft Media Bill. Listed events regime revisionsThe current regulatory framework (as set out in the Broadcasting Act 1996) gives the Secretary of State the power to draw up a list of sporting events of “national...
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    China has ac­ceded to the Hag­ue Con­ven­tion of 5 Oc­to­ber 1961 Ab­ol­ish­ing the Re­quire­ment of Leg­al­isa­tion for For­eign Pub­lic Doc­u­ments

    On 8 March 2023, the People's Republic of China (the "PRC") has (finally!) acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Convention").The Convention between the PRC, as the acceding state, and other member states (which will not have raised an objection; see below) will enter into force as of 7 November 2023.This constitutes a long-awaited and very positive development.Please click here to read the full article.
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    Itali­an court re­cog­nises ret­ro­act­ive ex­emp­tion on di­vidends to for­eign in­vest­ment funds

    In judgment No. 49/2022, the first instance Court of Pescara recognised that distribution of dividends from a resident company to a non-resident fund must be granted with an exemption regime from the Italian taxation authority. In particular, the decision of the Tax Court is based on recognition that in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, subject to judgment, the Italian taxation regime for foreign funds was in contrast with the principles of free movement of capital (provided for by articles 63 and 49 of the TFEU), chiefly because exemption was granted only for receiving resident funds. On 1 January...
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    International - Russia

    Hand­ling the new EU and UK sanc­tions against Rus­sia

    Since 2014, the EU and the UK have progressively imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Following the latest events, both the EU and the UK, as well as many other countries, have imposed new sanctions. This article provides you with an overview of the most important changes. Read the full publication here >>
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    Hey, Copy­right Dir­ect­ive! A video series to ex­plain copy­right rules re­vamped

    While designed to protect contributors with unequal bargaining power, the Copyright Directive’s package of measures introduces great uncertainty into long-established industry structures. Further, the significant discretion given to Member States means that, far from increasing harmonisation, the Directive will result in further fragmentation of EU copyright law. We are pleased to share with you a series of short videos which explain how the Directive is likely to have an impact across the creative industries. Hey, platforms! Are you liable for users’ uploads? Hey, press publishers...
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    Some leaks can­'t be fixed

    “Confidential information is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no refrigerator or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the trial you have just a pool of water.” This, from the so-called Spycatcher case (1987), applies well to corporate assets: fail to store them correctly and all you might have left is an expensive mess. The consequences of even a minor exposure of a trade secret can be huge. As this report reveals, the protection of trade secrets is rightly recognised by most senior executives as a priority issue. But the research also reveals gaps that...
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