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Tokenized copyrights: Linking an NFT to a copyright licence

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Hungary: Implementation of EU CDSM and Satellite and Cable Directives

Hungary is one of the first countries in Central and Eastern Europe to fully implement the EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive (2019/790/EU) and the EU Satellite and Cable Directive (2019/789/EU). On 6 May 2021 the so-called ‘Copyright Reform Act’ (Act XXXVII of 2021) was published in the Official Gazette and most of the new rules took effect on 1 June 2021.

NFTs: What about energy and climate issues?

The minting, transfer and even the sheer existence of NFTs require a lot of energy. But what is the reason for all this energy consumption and are there regulatory instruments to curb it?

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The economic substance requirements for Jersey partnerships

The Taxation (Partnerships – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 202- was lodged with the States Assembly on 18 May 2021 and, if passed, is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2021 (with a six month transition period to 1 January 2022 for partnerships established before 1 July 2021).

Virtual Asset Service Providers become subject to registration requirements and AML/CTF obligations

On 23 April 2021, provisions of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) were transposed into Irish Law by the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (CJA 2021), which amends the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (CJA 2010). Please see our recent briefing for analysis of changes introduced by 5AMLD: New Irish Anti-Money Laundering Rules.

Child maintenance: traps for the unwary

For parents, the child maintenance system can seem a vast and complicated system of ropes and pulleys for something they expect should be straightforward.

Reform of licensing laws in NI

The Committee for Communities has released a report following its consideration of the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill which outlines a number of key amendments proposed by the Committee.

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