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Net neutrality is under attack

Zero-rating: a blessing for consumers or a net neutrality nightmare?

By 25 April 2017 0

The author of this article is Robert SOMOGYI. Robert is a postdoctoral fellow at CORE (Université catholique de Louvain). In his Ph.D. thesis, prepared at Ecole Polytechnique and CREST, he analyzed the price setting behavior of firms that face capacity constraints under various market settings. Recently, he has been working on issues related to the digital economy in general and […]

Tendances économiques de la médiatisation

By 31 January 2017 1

Le 15 novembre 2016 s’est tenue à Mines ParisTech la conférence ‘Médiatiser l’innovation’ (le programme se trouve ici). Cet article en fait le compte-rendu. Un besoin d’ordre La publicité suit l’évolution des médias. Tous les jours apparaissent de nouvelles techniques, de nouveaux supports, de nouveaux moyens d’adapter la communication de marques soucieuses de parler à chaque […]

Beware of the ‘mutant copyrights’ in a trademarked culture!

By 4 November 2016 0

The European Copyright Society (ECS) was founded in January 2012 with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright Law. Its members include scholars and academics from various countries of the European Union, seeking to promote their views of the overall public interest. The ECS has recently prepared an […]

Plain packaging, trademark protection and Investment Treaties: Get ready!

By 3 November 2016 33

The obligation of using plain packaging for tobacco products, i. e. the requirement to remove or substantially reduce the appeal of the brand on the packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products, has generated a lot of public debate, including about the effectiveness of such regulation (see here a summary of the debate in particular […]


“Big Data in the Platform Economy” – A Digest of the Conference

By 31 May 2016 0

On May 13, 2016, the editors of IPdigIT organized a one-day conference to study the growing importance of ‘Big data in the platform economy‘. To this end, they assembled a panel of experts from several disciplines: applied mathematics, engineering, economics, management, policy-making, and law. (You can find the general description of the conference here). The conference, […]

Watching you

Personalized Pricing: “Big Data is watching you!”

By 18 May 2016 1

Until recently, the idea of first-degree price discrimination was just a theoretical concept resting in standard microeconomics textbooks, as the strategic implementation of such practices was often unfeasible. On the one hand, firms were unable to identify how much money each consumer would be willing to pay for the products they were selling. On the […]

Brussels Xmas tree

They may know it’s Xmas, but do they know there’s IP involved?

By 21 December 2015 0

As Christmas is drawing nigh, I found it fun appropriate to collect a number of “IP Xmas stories”. As you will discover below, these stories add some Christmas spirit to the IP, IT and innovation issues that we regularly discuss on this blog. The secret story of poinsettias Like everyone, I loathe love poinsettias. Because they blossom in winter and […]

YouTube turns freemium

By 13 November 2015 16

On October 28th YouTube launched its new subscription service YouTube Red. So far it is only available for viewers in the United States, who currently can test the service in a free one-month trial. Afterwards, YouTube Red will be priced at $9.99 a month. What is YouTube Red all about? On its website the Google […]

Le droit, l’économie et la géopolitique des données: Schrems, TPP, BEPS…

By 31 October 2015 0

L’arrêt Schrems de la Cour de justice de l’UE, la conclusion d’un accord de libre échange trans-pacifique et le projet OCDE de lutte contre l’évasion fiscale: non seulement les données sont le nouveau pétrole de l’économie mondiale mais leur régulation est au cœur de l’actualité juridique. La mobilité des données est aussi une question géopolitique, comme je l’expliquais […]

Strategic timing of movie releases

By 24 July 2015 1

Large promotion and production budgets help movie studios not only to attract the audience but also to secure the most profitable release dates for their movies. This is what Paul Belleflamme and Dimitri Paolini show in a new theoretical and empirical research. Since the extraordinary successes of Jaws in the summer of 1975 and Star Wars two summers […]