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Copyright controversy: nfl players’ in-game performances protected by individual publicity rights

Copyright controversy: nfl players’ in-game performances protected by individual publicity rights

In a decision issued Friday,February 26, 2016 the Eighth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling against NFL athletes John Frederick Dryer, Elvin Lamont Bethea, and Edward Alvin White. The dispute dates back to 2009 when a number of ex-NFL athletes sued the NFL, alleging in part that the NFL misappropriated ... Read More »

Increase in ransomware leading to start-up company specializing in the technology behind bitcoin

Increase in ransomware leading to start-up company specializing in the technology behind bitcoin

Digital Asset Holdings LLC, a start-up company specializing in the blockchain technology for the financial services industry recently announced that it has entered into business relationships with Accenture, Broadridge and PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure faster adoption of its product. According to chief executive officer at Digital Asset Holdings, “These alliances will ... Read More »

Is resale of electricity at electric vehicle charging stations a utility service?

Is resale of electricity at electric vehicle charging stations a utility service?

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) recently directed its Staff to investigate the implications of the resale of electricity by electric vehicle charging stations.  (Docket IR 15-510) New Hampshire has a statute that allows competitive electric power suppliers (RSA 374-F:7) but utilities may also provide tariffed electric service to ... Read More »

A commercial agent’s entitlement to indemnity: can this really be excluded?

A commercial agent’s entitlement to indemnity: can this really be excluded?

In Europe, commercial agent legislation is based on a uniform European directive (86/653/EEC) and is therefore largely harmonised and enshrined in law. The Directive provides for mandatory implementation by national law of some provisions in the respective national law, i.e. principal and commercial agent cannot deviate from this. Contractual agreements ... Read More »

Fiscal Representatives (Financial Services Undertakings Exercising a European Right) (Revocation) Regulations 2016 – L.N. 3 of 2016

Fiscal Representatives (Financial Services Undertakings Exercising a European Right) (Revocation) Regulations 2016 – L.N. 3 of 2016

The Fiscal Representatives (Financial Services Undertakings Exercising a European Right) Regulations issued during year 2004 state that any European credit institution, European insurance undertaking or European investment firm which seeks to provide services in Malta without being resident in Malta and without having a place of business in Malta, shall ... Read More »

Expenses allowable for tax deduction purposes will highly depend on presentation of valid VAT invoices.

Expenses allowable for tax deduction purposes will highly depend on presentation of valid VAT invoices.

The 2016 Budget Measures Bill proposes that from year of assessment 2017, all expenses will be considered allowable for tax deduction, only if the invoice/fiscal receipt presented is valid for VAT purposes. Should the new provision be enacted, it will consequently amend Article 14 of the Income Tax Act-“Deductions”, whereby ... Read More »

Employees’ behaviour in the work place

Employees’ behaviour in the work place

Certain ambiguous behaviour such as over-familiarization between employees may result in serious problems for both the employees and employers. This was stated by Magistrate Hon. Dr. Joseph Mifsud on the 11th January 2016 in a criminal case decision (Police vs Owen Calleja) wherein an employee was accused of sexual assault ... Read More »

Pre-contractual liability in the Czech civil law – Misuse and disclosure of confidential information

Pre-contractual liability in the Czech civil law – Misuse and disclosure of confidential information

The topic of this article follows up to our previous articles dedicated to pre-contractual liability as a novelty of the Czech legal system introduced by the New Civil Code (Act No. 89/2012 Coll., the “NCC”) and is focused on the fourth and last merit of pre-contractual liability. This merit of ... Read More »

Information return on assets and rights held abroad for residents in Spain to be fulfilled by 31th march

Information return on assets and rights held abroad for residents in Spain to be fulfilled by 31th march

Those who are tax resident in Spain (both local Spanish residents and expats resident in Spain) are legally obliged to provide information to the Spanish tax authorities regarding any offshore accounts, offshore investments, and real estate located abroad. Although this declaration of assets and right abroad is solely informative and ... Read More »

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