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COMP LAW: The EU competition lawyers’ toolkit

COMP LAW

There is a new Competition Law app for the iPhone and iPad – COMP LAW: The EU competition lawyer’s toolkit. As I was lucky enough to be sent a freebie copy I thought I’d pen a quick review.

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Minimum Alcohol Pricing Paper on SSRN

Malt Whisky

My latest Working Paper, entitled ‘Scottish Minimum Alcohol Pricing & EU Law’, which I will present at Queen’s University Belfast School of Law on the 3rd March 2014, has been published on SSRN.

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Nintendo vs Modchips

Nintendo vs Modchips

In one of my, increasingly frequent, excursions away from competition law into the wider world of EU law I consider the impact of the the Court of Justice’s judgment in Nintendo v PC Box on the legality of videogame console ‘modchips’ under EU and copyright law.

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Competition Law and Policy in Times of Crisis

Competition Law Review

The latest issue of the Competition Law Review was published in December 2013. It focuses on ‘Competition Law and Policy in Times of Crisis and Economic Change’ with an Editorial by Prof Luís Silva Morais.

http://www.clasf.org/CompLRev/downloads/Vol9Issue2.htm

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Get Out of Jail Free: s 188B(3) of the Enterprise Act 2002

Get Out of Jail Free

What is the impact of the ‘legal advice’ defence to the cartel offence in s 188B(3) of the 2002 Act? Could it make it easy to escape prosecution?

This week I delivered my UG competition law lecture on Cartels. It’s an occasion I always enjoy and gives me an opportunity to approach the topic afresh on an annual basis [the feedback I receive is always extremely helpful too]. This year it was the first time that I had the opportunity to talk through the new defences to the UK cartel offence since the controversial ‘dishonesty’ element was removed by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. I have described one of the new defences inserted into the Enterprise Act 2002, the ‘legal advice’ defence in s 188B(3), as ‘bizarre’ in the new edition of our textbook, but in this post I want to set out what I perceive the problems to be. I want to develop these ideas into a longer piece, but for now I want to pose some of the questions I think need answering. My fear is that the ‘legal advice’ defence could become a get out of jail free card rendering the UK cartel a dead letter in all but the most extreme cases. Read More…

The Laws of the Game – More on EU Law and DRM

There have been questions surrounding the legality of videogame console ‘modchips’ for many years. We may be about to see some authoritative answers for the first time as a number of cases come before the EU Courts. Two cases, stemming from legal actions instigated by Nintendo in Italy (Case C-355/12) and Germany (Case C-458/13), have been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU for preliminary references. AG Sharpston delivered her Opinion in the first of those cases, Nintendo v PC Box Srl, on 19th September 2013. Read More…

Alcohol Pricing: Reflections on the Matrix Chambers Seminar

Matrix Chambers

I recently had the pleasure of presenting my thoughts on minimum alcohol pricing and EU law at a Matrix Chambers Seminar on Thursday 4 July. The line up was very impressive, featuring Aidan O’Neill QC, myself, Christopher Brown, and Joanna Buckley. The Seminar was chaired by Jessica Simor QC. It was a fascinating chance to discuss, with both legal professionals and representatives of the drinks industry, the issues surrounding the Scottish Government’s attempt to introduce minimum pricing and the legal response to it.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft no Longer Dream the DRM

The announcement that Microsoft are to drop the controversial Xbox One DRM policies that would restrict the renting, sharing or selling-on of Xbox One games, which I blogged about a few days ago, has been met with joy by many gamers. For those gamers with an interest in the legal issues in videogames the announcement was tinged with a little disappointment. We now won’t have a chance to have lots of interesting interesting legal questions discussed in the terms of a popular mass market product.

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The Xbox One, DRM and EU Law

Xbox One

As a long-time fan of videogames the announcement of new generation of consoles is always exciting, but this time round the announcements of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and the Xbox One (XbOne) also had an interesting legal angle.

One of the most controversial elements of the new Xbox One console is its DRM and restrictions on the sharing of games purchased by users. In previous generations games were bought on optical media and once gamers had completed a game they were able to share it with friends or ‘trade-in’ the title at a retail store for cash or credit to purchase a new title. It looks like Microsoft are to restrict that practice with the Xbox One. Read More…

Volume 9 Issue 1 of the Competition Law Review on Media Markets

Competition Law Review

The latest issue of the Competition Law Review has just been published. This issue centres on the theme of Media Markets and has an excellent collection of papers and an Editorial by Andrew Scott of the LSE.

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