Category: Electronic Commerce

The new European Commission, a nightmare for dominant online platforms?

The next European Commission may cause headache to dominant OTTs in Europe. In fact, the allocation of the portfolios announced today by the appointed President Von der Leyen reveals the intention to supervise and intervene in the competitiveness of digital sector even more effectively…

The European court stops UberPop, not Uber. A new legislation for digital start-ups is needed

  According to the the court of Justice of the European Union, UberPop, i.e. the local taxi service supplied by Uber through unlicensed drivers, is not a simple digital app used by customers looking for a ride, rather an innovative transportation service subject to…

The Italian web-tax pasticcio

(SEE THE 2014 UPDATE BELOW) In December 2013 Italy passed a controversial law provision whereby online advertising services directed to the Italian market shall be subject to the condition that the provider is registered with Italian VAT. Technically speaking, the obligation concerned the Italian…