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Book: Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change

In January 2020, Routledge published a book on Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change edited by Dr Frances Hamilton and me. This edited collection provides a forum for rigorous analysis of the necessity for both legal and social change with regard to regulation of same-sex relationships and rainbow families, the status of civil partnership asContinue reading “Book: Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change”

The Internet of Personalised Things. IoT-Powered Consumer Manipulation as an Unfair Commercial Practice

Personalisation is one of the key befits of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT traders can combine data from multiple sources and access consumers’ most private spaces. At the same time, these traders retain control over their smart devices (‘Things’) throughout their lifecycles. Thanks to this combination of deep knowledge of the consumer and controlContinue reading “The Internet of Personalised Things. IoT-Powered Consumer Manipulation as an Unfair Commercial Practice”

Emergency Remote Teaching: a study of copyright and data protection policies of popular online services (Part II)

The first post of this two-part series on Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) discussed the copyright implications of the use of different online services in the context of ERT. The second part explores the data protection issues. Our analysis evaluates compliance of platforms with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order to assess how theContinue reading “Emergency Remote Teaching: a study of copyright and data protection policies of popular online services (Part II)”

Scents and trade marks – The EU reform of olfactory marks and advances in odour recognition techniques

In the UK, whereas in theory olfactory trade marks can be registered, there have not been successful applications since the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Ralf Sieckmann v Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt. This contribution suggests that scents may be more easily registered in the near future as a consequence of the EUContinue reading “Scents and trade marks – The EU reform of olfactory marks and advances in odour recognition techniques”

Against the Dehumanisation of Decision-Making. Algorithmic Decisions at the Crossroads of IP, Data Protection, and Freedom of Information

You can find here the full text of my latest work on algorithms and automated decision making with a focus on intellectual property, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and freedom of information. Nowadays algorithms can decide if one can get a loan, is allowed to cross a border, or must go to prison.Continue reading “Against the Dehumanisation of Decision-Making. Algorithmic Decisions at the Crossroads of IP, Data Protection, and Freedom of Information”

Can the law fix the problems of fashion? An empirical study on social norms and power imbalance in the fashion industry

The fashion industry is affected by an imbalance of power that goes beyond the outsourcing of part of the manufacture to developing countries. Said imbalance characterizes the whole supply chain and hinders freedom of expression, freedom to conduct business and, hence, creativity and innovation. In order to understand fashion, IP lawyers and lawmakers need toContinue reading “Can the law fix the problems of fashion? An empirical study on social norms and power imbalance in the fashion industry”

Uber Law and Awareness by Design. An Empirical Study on Online Platforms and Dehumanised Negotiations

I have published an article that sheds light on the main consumer law aspects of the sharing economy through an empirical analysis of online platforms. Given the recent European consultation with the purpose of understanding (whether, or, more likely) how to regulate platforms, it is critical that consumer law considerations will be part of futureContinue reading “Uber Law and Awareness by Design. An Empirical Study on Online Platforms and Dehumanised Negotiations”

Some considerations on intelligent online behavioural advertising

The Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018 was a useful reminder of how personal data is used to target users and of how such targeting has profound societal consequences. Online behavioural advertising refers to advertisements, which are tailored to the tastes and habits of the user who actually views them. It is an intricate phenomenonContinue reading “Some considerations on intelligent online behavioural advertising”

Emergency Remote Teaching: a study of copyright and data protection terms of popular online services (Part I)

What happens to teachers’ and students’ digital content and personal data once all learning is moved online? With a group of colleagues from the UK, Italy, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, we have analysed the terms of service and privacy policies of Emergency Remote Teaching tools such as Zoom, Teams, and Moodle. In this firstContinue reading “Emergency Remote Teaching: a study of copyright and data protection terms of popular online services (Part I)”

Artificial Intelligence and Databases in the Age of Big Machine Data

AIDA has now been published and it contains my contribution to the AI and IP debate: Artificial Intelligence and Databases in the Age of Big Machine Data This paper deals with those databases where Artificial Intelligence technologies are used to obtain, verify, or present the database’s contents (‘AI databases’).  The overarching research question is whether AI databases can be protected under the copyright and sui generis regimes provided by the Database Directive. The alleged inadequacy of the sui generis right for the data economy and, in particular, for machine- generated data led the European Parliament to call on the Commission to abolish said right and the Commission to propose the introduction of a data producer’s right as a new property that would have done what the sui generis right had been unable to.  It is this paper’s contention that, contrary to popular belief, the sui generis right is fit for AI databases and that a different solution would lead to overprotection of said subject matter by contractual means. The sui generis right may be the best, if not the only, way to protect AI ‘authorial’ works. Indeed, even if AI works currently fall outside the scope of copyright law for lack of originality, they could nonetheless be protected if part of a database. Thus, thanks to AI, the sui generis right may become more important than ever. More info here. AIDA 2018 is available on IusExplorer. Please cite as Guido Noto La Diega, ‘Artificial Intelligence and Databases in the Age ofContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence and Databases in the Age of Big Machine Data”