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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.

Marija Papić

Senior Associate | Head of French Desk

Marija Papić is a senior associate and the head of French Desk at Gecić Law in Belgrade.  Her practice focuses on matters relating to Competition/State Aid, Procedural and Substantive Law in EU, Administrative & Regulatory, Corporate/M&A and European Law, Trade and Enlargement.

Marija practiced in Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Paris and Belgrade in a number of law firms, courts and government institutions.  At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija worked on the ratification of bilateral and multilateral Council of Europe conventions as well as drafting conventions and laws for relevant institutions.  While working at the Court of Justice of the European Union, she provided comparative analysis of legal issues in regional jurisdictions and EU Law as well as contributed to drafting Advocate-General’s opinions.  Marija worked on defense strategies for various clients before French state bodies including the General Directorate for the Protection of Competition, Consumers and Fraud Prevention under the Ministry of Economic Affairs of France.  She has also advised in concentration cases, audited business practices of companies in relation to competition rules, prepared analytical summaries of the legal issues in the field of competition, distribution and consumer protection as well as drafted papers and notices to clients on legal matters of interest to their business.

She earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and earned a double LL.M. from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (summa cum laude) in the areas of European Litigation and Procedural Law and Business & Corporate Law.  Marija is also a member of the Bar in Belgrade, Serbia and Paris Bar qualified.  She is fluent in English, French, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

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