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China: Amendment of Unfair Competition Law Proposed

(Mar. 20, 2017) On February 26, 2017, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) published the Amendment of Unfair Competition Law (Draft for Comments) (the Draft) online, to solicit public opinions on the Draft.  Comments from the public may be submitted until March 25, 2017, online at www.npc.gov.cn, or by […]

Sweden: Internet Service Provider Ordered to Block Access to File-Sharing Sites

(Mar. 9, 2017) A Swedish court has ordered an Internet service provider (ISP) to block file-sharing websites involved in alleged pirating of intellectual property. On February 13, 2017, the Swedish Patent and Market Court (part of the Svea Court of Appeals), in a judgment of final instance, issued a decision requiring the ISP, B2 Bredband (also known […]

Japan: Undertaking by Non-Attorneys of Requests to Delete Online Content Can Constitute Legal Representation

(Feb. 24, 2017) Under the Attorney Act, legal assistance from non-lawyers is restricted in Japan, as it is in most jurisdictions. (Attorney Act, Act No. 205 of 1949, as amended by Act No. 87 of 2005, art. 72, translated in JAPANESE LAW TRANSLATION.) According to news articles, on February 20, 2017, the Tokyo District Court […]

Japan: Google Does Not Have to Delete Search Results Related to Arrest

(Feb. 21, 2017) On January 31, 2017, Japan’s Supreme Court rejected a petitioner’s demand that Google remove web search results that show reports of his arrest for child prostitution in 2011. (Heisei 28 (Kyo) 45 (S. Ct., Jan. 31, 2017), COURTS IN JAPAN (click Chinese characters beside the pdf icon).) The petitioner in the case claimed […]

China: Rules of Online Publication of Court Judgments Revised

(Feb. 9, 2017) On August 29, 2016, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), revised rules concerning online publication of judgments of Chinese courts at all levels.  The revised Provisions on the Publication of Judgment Documents by the People’s Courts on the Internet went into effect on October 1, 2016.  (Zuigao Renmin Fayuan Guanyu […]

European Court of Justice/Sweden: Invalidation of Data Retention Obligations

(Jan. 19, 2017) On December 21, 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a judgment striking down Sweden’s Data Retention Act as inconsistent with provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. (Joined Cases C-203/15 & C-698/15, Tele 2, Sverige AB v Post-och Telestyrelsen and Secretary of State for the Home Department […]

Brazil: New Law Taxes Online Audio and Video Streaming Services

(Jan. 10, 2017) A complementary law enacted on December 29, 2016, by the Brazilian federal government amended the services tax law (Imposto sobre Serviços de Qualquer Natureza, ISS, Lei Complementar No. 116, de 31 de Julho de 2003, PLANALTO) to allow for the taxation of online audio and video streaming services at a minimum rate […]

Israel: Access to Public Internet Services for Persons with Disabilities

(Dec. 27, 2016) On October 6, 2016, the Minister of Justice of Israel, in accordance with her authority under the Law for Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities, 5757-1998, issued an amendment to regulations issued under that Law. Accordingly, public service providers are required to complete any adjustments to make available to persons with disabilities […]