In our specials, we focus on selected topics in our consulting areas we consider to be of particular importance due to their legal and economic implications. These are mostly current legal issues. They may arise, for example, from ongoing legislative procedures, court decisions or new legal regulations, or they may address an overarching topic which, like artificial intelligence or eSports, is subject of legal-political discourse.
Our goal is to provide our clients and the interested reader with a deeper insight into these selected topics with background information and legal analyses.
More comprehensive topics are divided into chapters.
The hype topic of eSports is currently the subject of discourse among those responsible in sports, in the media, at conferences and increasingly also in politics. A multitude of individual questions are being addressed in connection with its economic and social significance. The special “eSport – from niche to mainstream”, which is structured as a series, is intended to illuminate eSport in its entirety. The articles in the special cover the development of the industry to date, the legal discussion surrounding the recognition of eSports as a sporting discipline in its own right, the legal relationships of the individual players and the associated central legal issues and regulatory requirements.
The use of AI is developing at a rapid pace. Today, AI no longer has to be programmed line by line. It is capable of learning and, through artificial neural networks, is able to evolve on its own. Breakthroughs in the development of machine learning are contributing greatly to the commercialization of AI. The advent of cloud computing and significantly better algorithms are simplifying access to massive computing power and vast amounts of complex, unstructured information and data that can be transformed into actionable results and exploited commercially. Data is thus becoming the largest natural resource in the world.
As of May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) applies. The following special provides an overview of the regulatory content of the right to data portability in Article 20 of the GDPR, who is entitled to it and against whom, the scope of the data covered by the right, the surrender process, and practical tips for controllers who may be obligated parties to a possible claim.
The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR), which has been in force since May 25, 2018, also has an impact on the media privilege established by law in Germany. The following special takes a look at the regulations contained in Art. 85 of the GDPR and deals primarily with its systematic classification, scope and practical relevance.
The acquisition of attractive sports rights is of considerable economic importance for TV and media providers. Competition is correspondingly fierce. Media convergence and new players are fueling the acquisition battle for attractive rights. The latest legal transactions in professional sports show a tendency for pay-TV providers in particular to win the race for the coveted rights, and for coveted sports content to disappear behind a pay barrier. After a brief introduction, the following special will highlight the central legal limits of exclusive sports coverage in a total of six articles. Both the sector-specific requirements of the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (RStV) and the antitrust barriers will be examined.