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Italian regulators investigate football rights

Italian antitrust officials are set to probe into the competition-related aspects of a new law that dictates how Italian football television coverage is shared. The investigation is the latest in…

Viacom can't 'punish' Google

Viacom cannot amend its complaint against Google in its $1 billion copyright lawsuit to add a claim for punitive damages, a US judge has ruled. District Judge Louis Stanton denied…

Ofcom drops PSP

The Ofcom chief executive, Ed Richards, has confirmed the UK regulator is to abandon plans for a “public service publisher”. He said the idea had “served its purpose” in shifting…

Russia to limit foreign owners?

Russia may limit foreign ownership of ISPs, broadcasters and publishing houses, extending a list of industries deemed strategic, a senior lawmaker told Reuters. Russia’s parliament is set to debate the…

FCC DTV education order

Federal Communications Commission has released its digital TV transition education order requiring broadcasters, pay-TV services, retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers to promote awareness of the nation’s switch to digital television,…

TRAI to review foreign owner limits

In view of convergence of broadcasting and communication technologies, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is to review Foreign Investment (FI) limits in the electronic media to provide level playing…

Premier League fights streaming

The UK Premier League has won High Court injunctions against three websites accused of illegally streaming its live football matches over the net. The sites had been re-distributing signals from…

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

The Pakistani government has lifted a national ban on visiting YouTube. Late last week, the country ordered Pakistani ISPs to block the video-sharing website because of content deemed offensive to…

Pakistan bans YouTube

Pakistan’s government has banned access to the video-clip website YouTube because of anti-Islamic movies posted on the site. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority told the country’s 70 Internet service providers that…

UK leans on ISPs over illegal downloads

The UK government is to consult on legislation to punish Internet service providers if they fail to take action against the illegal downloading of music, films and TV programmes. The…