Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Is this new trend REALLY worrying though? Interestingly, last week I've also stumbled upon a fascinating read that concerns the other side of the coin of the same issue. In an article "Naughty bedtime book shifts focus on privacy" at The Age website a fate of a best-selling book is described. A book that will not be published until June 14, but which has already been leaked online in its PDF-file version and was emailed to most computer users in Australia. We are talking here about a fascinating book: "Go the F... to Sleep" - profane children's book written for suffering moms and dads who struggle with putting their children to bed night by night. The interesting thing is that the digital piracy in this case might have contributed to the success of the book. It is easy to spread a word about this book online and to tell all your friends (and Facebook friends) about it. Since the book is apparently hilarious, it's rather doubtful that its availability online will stop people from purchasing it (also as an ironic gift for young parents - 'look what you'll have to go through'). Leaking of this book online in this case was simply a brilliant PR move.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Collective redress continues to be a hot topic on the European agenda. We posted earlier about the consultation of the European Commission on “Towards a more coherent European approach to collective redress”, the consultation paper for which can be found here.
The responses to the consultation have now been published online. A wide range of stakeholders has taken the opportunity to respond, which should give the Commission a good basis for further decision making in this area. Academically, one of the most comprehensive responses comes from the team of Chris Hodges based at the University of Oxford. From the Netherlands, a response has been submitted from Tilburg University, written by Thijs Bosters, Ianika Tzankova, and myself.
Should there be an initiative for a European collective redress regime? It seems timely to open a new chapter in this area. An individual consumer stands small against the ‘big fish’ in the EU retail market (see also an earlier post on this blog). New legislation can help. The ball is now in the Commission’s court…
Monday, 23 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
"After more than 10 years of intense work on contract law by the European Union, I am grateful to the members of the expert group for having consolidated, simplified, modernised and narrowed down the preparatory work done so far into a feasibility study. It is also good to see that contract law experts from very different legal traditions and professional backgrounds arrived at a consensus on the document. The result of the expert group is without doubt a major step in the work towards a future European contract law instrument, which the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee favoured in a vote last month. This study provides the EU institutions with a toolbox for any future EU initiative in the field of contract law. I plan to discuss this further with the European Parliament, the incoming Polish Presidency and stakeholders to see whether and how this toolbox can serve as the basis of a political follow-up initiative on contract law this autumn. My goal is that SMEs and consumers should benefit from a user-friendly contract law instrument, especially when it comes to cross-border transactions in the Single Market."
More information can be found in today's press release and on the Commission's website. Interested parties are invited to send their feedback to the Commission by 1 July 2011.