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Ok, now that we have got your attention, let us turn to more mundane technological issues. Do you know the difference between a ‘Bayda’ (Morocco) and ’Amarrabola’ (Peru)? Or even a ‘Palomita’ (Argentina) and ‘Hjólhestaspyrna’ (Iceland)? (Tom Williams, Do You Speak Football?: A Glossary of Football Words and Phrases from Around the World (Bloomsbury Sport) […]

All I want for Christmas is a CryptoKitty

What is crypto? What is blockchain? What is Bitcoin? As Wittgenstein might have put it, many of these terms are only familiar to those who are involved in this “language game”. Now, these arcane digital concepts are going mainstream. Why?! CryptoKitties. CryptoKitties are digital cats. Each one has different attributes and users can breed, buy […]

Love Data, Hate Data – John Anderton! You could use a Guinness right about now!

Yesterday, the iconic lights in London’s Piccadilly Circus were switched back on after nine months of renovation. The patchwork, which has become one of London’s most famous sights, has now been replaced by Landsec with a single 4K LED screen with in-built facial recognition technology that will feature six advertisers. Today, we are closer than […]

Video Games and the Jurassic future – the legal issues

Confession is good for the soul so let’s start with my admission that I am a scrabble addict. Whilst that idea may not set your pulses racing, it points to an obsession with words and that, as you will see below, is a fundamental requirement in the context of video game legals. The multi-dimensional world […]

Do what the F*** You Want? Not quite…

One of the myths surrounding open-source software (“OSS”) is that you can do whatever you like with it; there is even an OSS licence called Do What the F*** You Want To Public Licence (“WTFPL”). This could not be further from the truth. In this article we explore some of the issues that companies should […]

Diving into the EC’s draft ePrivacy Regulation: steps for online gambling operators

Anne Rogers and Simon Halberstam dive into the EC’s draft e-Privacy Regulation and set out what it means for online gambling operators and crucially, what they need to do today in order to ensure that they comply. Click Here to read their latest article which first appeared in the March 2017 publication of the Online […]

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Drone!

From self-repairing cities to transforming cinematic and television experiences, drones are becoming increasingly prevalent. To ensure their safe and proper use in the UK, the Government launched its consultation on 21 December 2016, ‘Unlocking the UK’s high tech economy: consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK’ (Consultation). Those who wish to voice […]

The Legal Cost of Personalised Shopping

Drone deliveries, self-lacing sneakers, digital mirrors, shoes that help you feel the virtual reality world you’re walking in – welcome to 2017. These were some of the highlights at the Consumers Electronic Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas. Advances in consumer technology are transforming our lives. Many retail companies realising the importance of technology are […]

Skating On Thin Ice: penalties for website owners and keyboard warriors

The recent decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Delfi SA v. Estonia, Application no. 64569/09, 16 June 2015, is helpful in confirming the rules surrounding when and why website operators can be held liable for content posted on their websites by their users. The area of liability for […]

A Legal perspective on Open Source and IPR – Cost and Time Efficiencies or a Faustian Pact?

Well that depends!  If the relevant governing licence is benign then it may be a “win-win” situation enabling you to save money and time on software development without having to comply with any disadvantageous conditions relating to Intellectual Property rights or otherwise. However, if the governing licence is less liberal, you may end up feeling […]