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Intellectual Property Law reform
On January 1, 2015, Law 21/2014 of November 4 became effective, amending the Revised Text of the Copyright Act of 1996 (LPI). The two pillars of this reform have been the digital canon and the AEDE (Spanish Association of Spanish Newspaper) canon, better known as Google tax. As far as the digital canon, this is […]
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Not without my children
To paraphrase the title of a famous book that was adapted into film, and after a holiday period such as the one we’ve recently experienced, it is normal to receive inquiries from distressed parents when one of them has not brought back the children after the period of time rightfully allotted to them. We are […]
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The Aura of Luxury in Online Sales
On 5th November 2013, the economic newspaper ‘Expansión’ published a piece that sparked panic among online vendos and distribuíos of luxury products (principally perfumes): “La Justicia impide la reventa de marcas de lujo en Internet” (“The law prevents the resale of luxury brands online”). After reading this headline, specialist law firms received a barrage of enquiries […]
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Comparison between residents and non-residents in the tax treatment of donations and successions
On September 3, 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled on case number C-127/12 concerning a breach by Spain to uphold its obligations under article 63 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. As pertains to this case, article 63 prohibits states from taking measures restricting the movement of capital between Member […]
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Spain and Andorra sign an agreement to avoid double taxation and combat tax fraud
Spain and Andorra sign an agreement to avoid double taxation and combat tax fraud Spain and Andorra have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the exchange of information and fiscal transparency. The Memorandum of Understanding, General Friendship and Cooperation, was signed as a framework agreement encompassing areas such as foreign policy and European, Latin American, and […]
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“LIFE IMPRISONMENT” REEMERGES IN SPAIN?
New developments in the Criminal Code deal with withdrawal of charges, control of exonerations, and increasing penalties. There are also additional changes to the chapters on crimes related to corruption. However, there is a reform that stands out above the others, and that is the introduction of the “revisable permanent prison,” a euphemism that has […]
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Judgment of the ECJ increasing a client’s protection before his/her lawyer
On January 15, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a judgment in accordance with community rules that state consumer protection is applicable to the contractual relationship between an attorney and his/her client, provided that two conditions are met: • That the client is a private person. • That the actions and purpose of […]
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Right to oblivion.
The plaintiff, a Spanish national, filed a complaint with the Spanish Data Protection Agency (known as Agencia Española de Protección de Datos or AEPD in Spanish) against La Vanguardia newspaper and Google Spain, Inc. The complaint was based on allegations that when the plaintiff’s name was entered into the Google search bar, the results would […]
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The Supreme Court denied the registration of two children in the Spanish Civil Registry
The judgment, dated February 6, 2014, was the Supreme Court’s response to an appeals filed by two married Spanish males, who had requested to register the birth of their two children through the Spanish Consular Registry in Los Angeles (California). The children were born in 2008 through surrogacy, that is, through a surrogate mother. Spanish […]

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