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Spotlight on IT Companies Part III – What About Designers?

In the first articles of the series, we wrote about the relations between IT companies and developers, and the rights and relations of IT companies and developers set by the Copyright and Related Rights Act (“Copyright Act”), primarily with respect to commercial utilization of computer programs/software by IT companies and the possibilities of IT companies to carry our changes, adjustments and other adaptations of a computer program/software as a copyrighted work.  However, do the mentioned rules apply to designers, and what happens in cases where graphic design contained within digital content is commercial utilized by IT companies, as well as the possibilities of IT companies to carry out changes, adjustments and other adaptations of a digital content in the field of their design? 

Mandatory Registration of Invoices to Public Sector Entities Officially Introduced

The rule according to which business entities will have to register invoices 1 issued to entities in the public sector is set to enter into force on March 1, 2018. Business entities will be obliged to register the invoices with the Central Registry of Invoices whose management has been entrusted to the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia, and if they fail to carry out the registration they will not be able to settle their claims and may even be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Possible Savings in the EU: New Study by the European Parliament Published

In December 2017, European Added Value Unit of the European Parliament published the Fourth edition of its report “Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe 2014-2019” (the “Study”).

EU Antitrust: Let’s (Not) Be Exclusive – Qualcomm Ruling

On January 24, the European Commission imposed a EUR 997 million fine on the world’s largest supplier of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) baseband chipsets, Qualcomm, and once again unequivocally confirmed that abusive market practices by dominant players were the eyesore of the EU competition law.  By levying one of the highest fines in history, the Commission reproached the renowned US chipmaker for making financial concessions to Apple, its biggest customer, on the condition that it would buy LTE baseband chipsets exclusively from Qualcomm.  This penalty came as one piece of puzzle currently surrounding the American tech giant – Qualcomm lost a battle on one front, but it remains to be seen who will eventually win the war.

Spotlight on IT Companies Part II – Alterations of the Software

In our previous piece (link), we discussed the relationship between IT companies and developers in the field of material copyrights over computer programs (“software”) in context of commercial usage of software by IT companies. However, the relationship between IT companies and developers in the field of copyrights might be of particular importance when it comes to amendments, adaptations, adjustments and other changes to the software as a copyrighted work. Namely, IT companies often modify, customize, upgrade and/or update software developed by their employed developers and/or external developers, or deliver the subject software to their clients for further modifications, customizations, adaptations, adjustments and other changes to the delivered software in accordance with their particular needs and technical requirements, most often without any restrictions, imposed either by the IT company that delivered the software, or by the developers who directly worked on the development of that particular software.

Jovan Rajković

Senior Counsel | Media & IP Head

Jovan Rajković is a senior counsel and head of Media & IP and Litigation teams at Gecić Law in Belgrade.  His practice focuses primarily on Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Corporate/M&A, Labor Law, Law on Contracts and Torts and Real Estate.

Prior to joining our team, Jovan worked as an in-house lawyer for the members of Pink Media Group: Pink International Company, City Records, Airpink, Pink Filming Studio and Digital Media System. In this capacity, he provided a wide spectrum of legal services to the aforementioned clients on a daily basis.  Apart from the in-house services, Jovan represented said corporate members of Pink Media Group as well as their founders, individuals, in corporate, civil and criminal proceedings.  In particular, Jovan represented his clients in court and other proceedings led in the fields of Media, Copyright and Labor Law, in regular business-oriented proceedings before commercial courts, as well as in procedures related to debt collection and bankruptcy.  Further, Jovan engaged in resolving everyday labor issues of his clients, structuring of employees, creation of internal labor acts and other labor-related issues such as redundancy, etc. What is more, he engaged in extraordinary corporate and M&A activities, including full-scale mergers and acquisitions, asset and share deals.  In addition, Jovan advised and represented small-sized and medium-sized companies in corporate matters, said engagement encompassing representation of said companies in court proceedings and everyday legal support.  His primary focus was on freight transportation, trade, construction, marketing and media.

Through a successful fencing career, first as an athlete, then as a coach of both male and female fencing teams and finally as a member of the Disciplinary Committee and the Commission for the preparation of the Statute of the Fencing Federation of Serbia, Jovan developed a particular, first-hand, expertise in the field of Sports law.  Being an organizer of numerous fencing competitions and a lead coach of the most successful generations of Serbian female fencers, in 2009 he was elected a member of the organizing team for the Summer Universiade in Belgrade.  In addition, Jovan served as one of the judges on the Arbitration Tribunal for Sports of the Olympic Committee of Serbia.

Jovan obtained a master degree in law from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade (LL.M.).  He is a member of the Belgrade Bar Association from 2010. Jovan speaks fluent English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian, and has an intermediate knowledge of French.

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