Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching

On Friday 23 October, with Bernd Justin Jütte (Ireland)**, Giulia Priora (Italy)†, and Léo Pascault (France) ‡ we will present “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching” at the 12th Worldwive Annual Conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN). The program is available here. The rapid spread of COVID-19 inContinue reading “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching”

The privatization of universities in Italy

Italian governments have tried for many years to privatise the higher education sector, either directly or indirectly. In the book La privatizzazione dell‘Università. Il modello delle fondazioni, I deal with the attempt to privatize universities by transforming them into foundations. After tracing a history of the regulation of higher education institutions in Italy, I thenContinue reading “The privatization of universities in Italy”

An introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Understanding IP through everyday objects

In this video, I introduce the audience to the key areas of intellectual property: copyright, trade marks, trade secrets, patents, and design rights. To do so, I show / reflect on some everyday objects, namely: Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone An IRN Bru wee bottle The iconic Alessi juicer designed by Philippe Stark in 1990 MyContinue reading “An introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Understanding IP through everyday objects”

The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad

This chapter analyses how European countries that provide some protection for same-sex couples (e.g. civil partnerships, but not marriage) deal with same-sex marriages celebrated abroad. In this respect, there are three models: recognition, downgrading, and erasure. Recognition means that these marriages are recognised as marriages, either for all purposes, or for some of them, e.g.Continue reading “The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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