A Legal Opinion on Intellectual Property and the Developing World: Should the Republic of Somaliland Adopt the UK’s Approach to Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights?
Free Speech and Internet Regulation
The article analyses free speech and internet. regulation. Free speech has always required public forums to flourish, but shaping these forums to the challenging contours of today’s online world presents unique challenges. Social media forums serve as the prime source of knowledge and human thought for many users and have taken on the identity of ‘the modern public square’, as noted by the US Federal Supreme Court.
To what extent should copyright law be constrained by the right to freedom of expression in the digital world?
This paper analyses the copyright and freedom of expression dichotomy, noting that a balance must be met. It argues that current measures such as website-blocking orders and notice and take-down systems are an encroachment on freedom of expression, therefore new legislation is needed from both the CJEU and ECtHR. It suggests the use of new compensation mechanisms for right holders and ‘creative’ exceptions as an attempts to maintain this balance.
The Global Digital Enforcement of Intellectual Property
This article looks at the challenges faced by the digital environment in protecting intellectual property and addresses the need for effective global measures. Reference is made to piracy and counterfeits in social media, digital tools, and global guidelines.