March 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Criminal Verdicts Bill, LBTT Amendment Bill and post-legislative scrutiny of the Family Law Act 2006.

Other key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website

Cross-border portability of digital services

Our Intellectual Property committee responded to the UK Intellectual Property Office’s call for view on the European Commission’s proposal for legislation on cross-border portability of digital services which would allow holiday makers travelling in Europe to access online content, such as digital film, music, sport and TV services.

Although we welcomed the intent, we believe the proposed legislation is too timid and should also cover online content services purchased or obtained by a subscriber within the EU, even if that is outside of their home country. This would align with the Commission’s strategy to allow for wider online access to works by users across the EU and would be more straightforward for both the consumers and the providers.

The Law Society’s full consultation response can be found on the website