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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

Austria

Constant innovation and continuous technological change steadily alter the business environment. Conventional business structures dissolve, new business models arise. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles.

For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 42 countries has been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as IP infringements or anti-trust issues. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can support you.

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    Data Protection Law

    In today's business world, the idea of not using data applications on a daily basis is impossible to imagine, while at the same time, companies are operating in the increasingly sensitive area of privacy and personal rights. Getting things wrong in this area can result in significant penalties. But it needn't come to that: We can support and advise you in detail on the needs and requirements of electronic data processing and assist you in the development of business models that are compliant with data protection laws. In doing so, you can benefit from the many years' experience we have advising and representing international clients from a broad range of different industries.

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    IT-Law

    Information technology is developing at lightning speed, at the same time, the field of IT law has developed at a similar pace. One of the key drivers of success for your company is arguably a highly-complex, customised software system which has to run without a glitch, since system errors can have massive financial implications. In addition to watertight liability and guarantee clauses, the content of IT contracts must be clear, with all the details covered, to avoid potential disputes after the fact. With their solid technical expertise, this is exactly what our legal team specialises in.

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    Media Law

    The rapid expansion in the media field, especially new media, often leads to conflicting interpretations of media law. Whether you need advice on the “unbundling of rights” with regard to the utilisation of new media content (IPTV, video on demand, near video on demand, streaming or live streaming), or on how to deal with internet piracy, we can advise across the full range of media law.

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    Sports Law

    The commercialisation and professionalisation of sport has made questions of sports law increasingly more relevant. For you - as an individual athlete or an association, agency, sports company, club or media company - it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect or enforce your rights and interests without outside help.

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    07/01/2019
    Broad changes to the broad­cast­ing (and oth­er video me­dia) rules: the...
    On 6 Novem­ber 2018, the European Coun­cil ap­proved a slew of long-awaited changes to the Au­di­ovisu­al Me­dia Ser­vices Dir­ect­ive (“the Dir­ect­ive”), the sem­in­al piece of EU le­gis­la­tion reg­u­lat­ing au­di­ovisu­al me­dia ser­vices across the European Uni­on.
    03/01/2019
    It comes with the ter­rit­ory: an up­date on re­cent de­vel­op­ments on ter­rit­ori­al­ity...
    This Decem­ber has seen two im­port­ant de­vel­op­ments in the broad­cast­ing sphere. First, on 13 Decem­ber, the European Coun­cil and the European Par­lia­ment reached a pro­vi­sion­al agree­ment on a new in­stru­ment to sup­ple­ment the Satel­lite and Cable Dir­ect­ive (“the On­line.
    20/12/2018
    Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity clamps down on off­shore op­er­at­ors: Wil­li­am...
    For the second time in re­cent months the Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity (DGA) has im­posed a fine on an off­shore on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or. The DGA fined WHG (In­ter­na­tion­al) Lim­ited, also known as Wil­li­am Hill, EUR 300,000 for of­fer­ing on­line gambling without a li­cence.
    22/11/2018
    New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
    Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
    29/10/2018
    With the fu­ture of the US-EU data Pri­vacy Shield in doubt, com­pan­ies...
    The EU Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR), which has been in ef­fect the European mar­ket since 25 May 2018, re­quires com­pan­ies to meet cer­tain stand­ards when trans­fer­ring per­son­al data to non-EU coun­tries or "third coun­tries" (see Art­icle 44 et se­qq.
    17/10/2018
    Chin­a's courts pass con­tro­ver­sial rul­ings on open-source li­cen­cing
    In a re­cent de­cision that could have leg­al im­plic­a­tions on the use of open-source soft­ware in China, the Beijing In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Court (BIPC) used a con­tro­ver­sial test to de­term­ine wheth­er soft­ware de­veloper YouZi in­fringed on copy­right or simply ex­ploited.
    27/09/2018
    Na­tion­al gambling au­thor­it­ies is­sue a de­clar­a­tion in which they raise...
    On 17 Septem­ber 2018, 17 gambling reg­u­lat­ors is­sued a de­clar­a­tion in which they raised their con­cerns re­lated to the blur­ring lines between gambling and gam­ing. The de­clar­a­tion iden­ti­fies four main areas of con­cern: skin bet­ting, loot boxes, so­cial casino gam­ing.
    27/09/2018
    Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity fines on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or EUR 312,500
    The Dutch Gam­ing Au­thor­ity (DGA) has im­posed a fine of EUR 312,500 on on­line bet­ting op­er­at­or Mr Green Ltd (Mr Green), which ex­ploits the web­site www. mr­green. com, for vi­ol­at­ing the Dutch Bet­ting and Gam­ing Act (WOK).
    13/08/2018
    New EU reg­u­la­tion brings trans­par­ency to on­line in­ter­me­di­ar­ies and...
    In the new draft  set of rules ("Pro­pos­al for a Reg­u­la­tion for fair­ness and trans­par­ency for busi­ness users of on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vices"), the European Com­mis­sion will ob­lige on­line in­ter­me­di­ation ser­vices and search en­gines to ob­serve great­er fair­ness.
    25/07/2018
    Kenzo v Kenzo Es­tate: The CJEU con­siders the ad­miss­ib­il­ity of late...
    In­tro­duc­tion The latest de­cision of the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on ("CJEU”) in the Kenzo case provides use­ful guid­ance on ad­miss­ib­il­ity of late evid­ence in EU trade mark ap­peal pro­ceed­ings and cla­ri­fies the mean­ing of ‘un­fair ad­vant­age’ for well-known.
    16/07/2018
    The mat­ter of Chris Froome
    The Tour de France's de­cision to ad­mit the con­tro­ver­sial rider high­lights the dis­cre­tion­ary power of world sports or­gan­isa­tions like the IOC and ASO In early Ju­ly, the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) an­nounced it would not ap­peal the de­cision of the Uni­on Cyc­liste.
    07/06/2018
    In­de­pend­ent re­view of in­teg­rity in ten­nis
    In early 2016, the four or­gan­isa­tions prin­cip­ally re­spons­ible for gov­ern­ing pro­fes­sion­al ten­nis at the in­ter­na­tion­al level, the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and the Grand Slam Board (the "In­ter­na­tion­al Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies") ap­poin­ted an In­de­pend­ent Re­view Pan­el (the.