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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 39 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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    06/07/2017
    In­ter­act­ive Guide to On­line Gambling Reg­u­la­tion in...
    10/07/2017
    GDPR ques­tion­naire: 50 ques­tions to identi­fy if your busi­ness is ready
    The Bav­ari­an Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity re­leased a GDPR im­ple­ment­a­tion ques­tion­naire 12 months be­fore the GDPR ap­plies to busi­nesses in Europe. On 25 May 2017, 12 months be­fore the Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (“GDPR”) ap­plies to busi­nesses through­out.
    26/06/2017
    Al­gorithms and Col­lu­sion – the de­bate by the OECD Com­pet­i­tion Com­mit­tee
    On 16 May 2017, the Sec­ret­ari­at of the OECD made avail­able a back­ground note about “Al­gorithms and Col­lu­sion” that was at the centre of the de­bate by the OECD Com­pet­i­tion Com­mit­tee on 21-23 June 2017.
    14/06/2017
    Coun­cil of the European Uni­on ad­opts the port­ab­il­ity Reg­u­la­tion for...
    On 8 June 2017, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on ad­op­ted the much-dis­cussed Reg­u­la­tion on port­ab­il­ity of di­git­al ser­vices across the EU. This rep­res­ents the clear­ing of the fi­nal pro­ced­ur­al hurdle be­fore the re­quire­ments of the Reg­u­la­tion ap­ply, which is an­ti­cip­ated.
    06/04/2017
    Do ro­bots have rights? The European Par­lia­ment ad­dresses ar­ti­fi­cial...
    Back­ground A lively dis­cus­sion is cur­rently un­der way in the busi­ness world re­gard­ing pos­sible ap­plic­a­tions of in­tel­li­gent IT sys­tems and autonom­ous ma­chines and equip­ment. Rap­id tech­nic­al de­vel­op­ment in these areas has spurred the ima­gin­a­tion of users.
    28/03/2017
    On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
    Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
    05/01/2017
    Leg­al Com­mit­tee of the European Par­lia­ment ap­proves the Port­ab­il­ity...
    On 29 Novem­ber 2016, the Leg­al Com­mit­tee of the European Par­lia­ment ap­proved the reg­u­la­tion on “en­sur­ing the cross-bor­der port­ab­il­ity of on­line con­tent ser­vices” (the “Port­ab­il­ity Reg­u­la­tion”). So far, the Port­ab­il­ity Reg­u­la­tion is the only re­main­ing pro­vi­sion.