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Proposed ban on personal import of medicinal products ordered via Internet

The Ministry of Health and Care has recently issued a hearing letter proposing stringent restrictions on import of medicinal products for personal use. Among the actions proposed, is a general ban on the import of prescription drugs, and access for Customs to seize and destroy falsified or illegal medicinal products.

Advertising of Pharmaceuticals – recent decisions from the Board

Advertising of medicinal products is governed by the Act on Medicinal Products of 4th December 1992 and by the appurtenant Regulation on medicinal products of 18th December 2009.

Fellesnordiske krav til markedsføring i sosiale medier - Personvernreformen

De nordiske forbrukerombudene oppstiller felles krav til markedsføring i sosiale medier

Prohibition against marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks directed at children and youth

The Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has proposed to prohibit marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks directed at children and youth.

Alcohol brand owners might be allowed to advertise on Norwegian TV

Norway is on the verge of involuntarily allowing the advertising of alcoholic beverages on television, contrary to the country’s strict alcohol policy. This change, which may take place as a result of pressure from the EU Commission, would have a significant impact for owners of alcohol brands.

Ny mediehverdag = sterkere kildevern

New media world = stronger protection of source

Harmonising Anti-Circumvention Protection with Copyright Law

Technological measures are increasingly used by rightholders in order to protect their intellectual property rights in digital content. The effect of such measures is to restrict the access to and the use of digital content, by associating pre-defined and self-executing usage rules with it. Within an increasing number of legislations, technological measures enjoy legal protection against circumvention. However, these new rules have been subject to rather severe criticism, especially from a copyright law point of view, the general claim being that anti-circumvention protection threatens to ruin the delicate balance of interests cast in the provisions of copyright law.

USING COPYRIGHTED WORKS ON THE INTERNET - The Implied Licence Doctrine in Norwegian law

1. Introduction
There is an ongoing debate in the Norwegian legal community regarding the right to link to and make copies of copyrighted works made available to the public on the Internet. The debate was sparked by the Norwegian Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the so-called case (published in Rt 2005 p41), and by the discussions in the preparatory works to the amendment of the Norwegian Copyright Act, which entered into force on 1 July 2005.

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