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October 13, 2011
Concept of "cancelled flight" for the purposes of compensation payable by the airline and moral damage.

The Court of Justice of the European Union, with the Judgement of 13 October 2011 - Case C-83/10, establishes two key principles: the concept of ‘cancellation’, as defined in Article 2(1) of Regulation No 261/2004, must be interpreted as meaning that it does not refer only to the situation in which the aeroplane in question fails to take off at all, but also covers the case in which that aeroplane took off  but, for whatever reason, was subsequently forced to return to the airport of departure where the passengers of that aeroplane were transferred onto other flights. In parallel, the Court held that, the meaning of ‘further compensation’,  allow the national court to award compensation, under the conditions provided for by the Montreal Convention or national law, for damage, including non-material damage, arising from breach of a contract of carriage by air.

October 11, 2011
Performing artists to benefit from copyright extension from 50 to 70 years.

Published, in the Official Journal of the European Union n. L 256 of 11 October 2011, the new Directive n. 2011/77/UE amending Directive 2006/116/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain  related rights.  increases performers' rights from 50 to 70 years from the date of first lawful publication or communication to the public. The directive must be transposed by Member States before 1st November 2013.

September 25, 2011
On 12 September 2011 the Council adopted a directive which extends the period of protection of the rights of performers
and phonogram producers on music recordings within the EU from the current 50 years to 70 years.

January 1, 2011
Come effect the new INCOTERMS (r) 2010


December 20, 2010
Adopted REGULATION (EU) No. 1259/2010 OF THE COUNCIL of 20 December 2010
concerning the implementation of enhanced cooperation in the area of the law applicable to divorce and legal separation


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