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  1. Legal news
    13 November 2019
    Five years of the Competition Damages Directive: The first rulings from the European Court of Justice
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/five-years-of-the-competition-damaged-directive

    November 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the EU Competition Damages Directive. We lead with an analysis of the two judgments of the European Court of Justice to date that address this Directive.

  2. Legal news
    14 July 2021
    German Federal Cartel Office queries “50 + 1” rule
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/germany/german-federal-cartel-office-queries-50--1-rule

    The DFL had requested a preliminary assessment by the FCO to confirm that its controversial “50 + 1” rule is compatible with German and EU competition law.

  3. Legal news
    16 November 2020
    The FCA rejects Sony’s commitments in an abuse of dominance case
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/france/the-fca-rejects-sonys-commitments-in-an-abuse-of-dominance-case

    2020 proves to be a busy year for the French Competition Authority (FCA) as far as tech giants are concerned. After Google and Apple, it's now Sony's turn to be under the FCA’s spotlight. While the Japanese company is ...

  4. Legal news
    23 December 2020
    European Commission publishes sweeping new rulebook for online platforms offering services in Europe
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/global/european-commission-publishes-sweeping-new-rulebook-for-online-platforms-offering-services-in-europe

    In a bid to achieve "technological sovereignty", the European Commission has unveiled a wide-ranging package of proposals that will provide a new rulebook for online platforms offering goods and services in Europe.

  5. Legal news
    16 March 2021
    Copyright and related rights – AGCM opened an investigation on an alleged anti-competitive agreement in the Italian audio-visual market
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/italy/agcm-opened-an-investigation-on-an-alleged-anticompetitive-agreement

    On 2 February 2021, the Italian National Competition Authority (“AGCM”) opened an investigation against the Italian Society for Authors and Publishers (“SIAE”) – organisation responsible for the collective management of ...

  6. Legal news
    22 March 2021
    Bullfighting: Artistic work or not?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/spain/bullfighting-artistic-work-or-not

    The Spanish Supreme Court has declared in its Judgment of 16 February 2021 that bullfighting - hereafter, as it is called in Spain, “faena”- cannot be protected by copyright in Spain.

  7. Legal news
    16 February 2021
    Video games sector hit with anti-trust fine for geo-blocking practices
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/global/video-games-sector-hit-with-anti-trust-fine-for-geo-blocking-practices

    One of the final cases resulting from the European Commission's e-commerce sector enquiry has come to a conclusion. On 20 January 2021, the Directorate-General for Competition fined Valve Corporation, owner of the Steam ...

  8. Legal news
    19 April 2021
    New German antitrust rules to tackle digital markets
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/germany/new-german-antitrust-rules-to-tackle-digital-markets

    Earlier this year, on 19 January 2021, the 10th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition was adopted. This introduces a new ex ante regime which complements the existing competition law framework ...

  9. Legal news
    20 January 2021
    “Big Tech” under pressure - new Rules for Digital Platforms in the EU and UK
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/global/big-tech-under-pressure

    The EU and UK have published ground-breaking proposals which threaten to revolutionise the governance of digital platforms. The regime will apply to “Big Tech” and will establish new rules of the game and be backed up ...

  10. Legal news
    06 April 2020
    Tightening the enforcement belt – the Special Advisors, Self preferencing, Google Shopping and the General Court
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/global/tightening-the-enforcement-belt

    The Commission is testing the fitness of the competition regime, we assess the merits of its approach by reference to Google Shopping and the appeal which will be determinative.