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Cédric Manara

Google (Paris)
In-House Counsel

Cedric Manara is copyright counsel at Google (France) since July 2013. Before joining Google, Cédric Manara, PhD, was a Professor of Law at EDHEC (featured by the Financial Times among the top business schools in Europe). His primary teaching and research interests concern intellectual property in the digital age and before, and electronic business law. From 2000 to 2013, Cédric was head columnist for Dalloz, a prominent francophone law review, where he regularly published comments on internet related cases. He has written numerous articles in French and foreign law reviews, and is the author of four books. Cédric Manara has served as counsel to prominent firms and governmental agencies in his field of expertise. He is also a domain dispute resolution panelist (Arbitration Center for .eu Disputes, Prague, Czech Republic, Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration, Brussels, Belgium, and Regional Center for Arbitration, Kuala-Lupur, Malaysia). He is listed in the EU Directory of Academic Experts in the field of Consumer Policy and Consumer Affairs. In 2004 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA, USA), in 2005 an invited researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property (Tokyo, Japan), in 2009 a visiting professor at Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy), in Spring 2010 a visiting professor at LUISS (Rome), and an affilate researcher at the IPR University Center (Finland) from August 2010 to April 2011. In 2010, he received a Google Research Award.

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28229 Bulletin

Cédric Manara The Paris Court of First Instance denies an airline company having an exclusive distribution model with the right to prevent an online travel agency from selling its tickets (RyanAir / Opodo)


Summary The well known low-cost airline company RyanAir wishes to have control over online sales of its tickets. It has launched several lawsuits in Europe (in France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Swiss) to protect its websites from “screen-scraping”. Screen-scraping consists in the (...)

Cédric Manara The French Civil Supreme Court rules that the violation by foreign websites of the obligation to inform consumers on the existence of a copyright levy constitutes unfair competition to a French company (Rue du Commerce / Dabs / Omnisoft and others)


Copyright laws of most European Member States provide that the price of storage products such as tapes or discs include a copyright levy, to compensate authors whose work will be copied on these media. The amount of this copyright levy differing from one country to another, resellers of such (...)

Cédric Manara The Paris Court of Appeals rules that the registration of a domain name may amount to a violation of a trademark coexistence agreement (Eurostar / SNCB / SNCF / Eurostar Diamond Traders)


When a trademark coexistence agreement is silent on the question of the electronic use of the sign at stake, can one of the parties register a domain name which includes this sign ? This question was raised for the first time before the Paris Court of Appeals, in a dispute over the name , (...)

Cédric Manara A French Court rules that unfair competition may exist when distance selling companies competing on another Member State’s market do not charge the same VAT rate as applied on such market (Pneus-Online Suisse & Pneus-Online / Delticom)


A German and a Swiss firm were competing on the online tyres market in France. They were using very close domain names. One applied the VAT rate of the country of origin, the other one the VAT rate applicable in France. A French court of appeals finds that this constitutes unfair competition. (...)

10107 Review

Cédric Manara The «search neutrality» : myth or reality ?


Several actors have suggested that search tools results should be under scrutiny, and have used the expression «search neutrality» for these purposes. This article is a study of this new notion. Its findings are that search neutrality is a misleading concept, as it insinuates that search tools (...)

Cédric Manara On-line music, interoperability and competitive advantage


As they entered the online music market, its actors massively chose to use DRM and refused interoperability. In a legal perspective, the study of this new market shows that locking music files may not only lead to risks, but may also hinder the search for a competitive advantage. 1. In the (...)

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