European copyright law is argued by some to be pretty terrible. Very soon, it could become a lot worse. The European Copyright Directive was originally enacted in 2001 and is in need of revision in order to keep up with the modern times. In October 2016, the European Commission released a legislative proposal for a new copyright mandate that focused on giving new and major powers and privileges to news publishers. That proposal was referred to several of the committees of the European Parliament, and has just recently been passed the European legal affairs committee. However, not everything is as great as it seems. There are many criticisms of the new directive, most of which refer to Articles 11 and 13, which has caused major controversy all across the internet. Click on this article link to learn more.
French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has recently secured an important victory in his ongoing battle to trademark red-sole shoes. On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, gave an advisory opinion in favor of the designer’s claim that the use of a specific shade of red on the underside of its shoes constitutes a recognizable characteristic of its brand. Click on this article link to learn more.