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South Africa digital boss in graft allegations

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South Africa’s Sunday Independent is reporting that the head of the country’s 2 billion Rand digital TV migration project is involved in a police investigation into wrongdoing at a previous position. The allegations say that Zami Nkosi, currently chief executive of the nation’s Universal Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) was subject to a forensic examination of his previous business [...]

Kenya: Supreme Court to rule on digital TV order

Kenya’s Supreme Court rules today (April 11th) on whether to suspend the decision of the Court of Appeal that ordered the award of digital licences and frequencies to the Standard Group Limited, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services. This is after the government appealed the decision on Thursday. Appearing before Justices Jackton Ojwang and Smokin Wanjala, the Communication Authority [...]

OpenTV, Nagravision sue Apple for patent infringement

OpenTV, and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of the Kudelski Group, have filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Apple infringes five US patents owned by OpenTV and Nagravision, and identifies Apple’s infringing products and services as including iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Apple [...]

Singapore proposes copyright amendments

Singapore’s Ministry of Law is seeking to update copyright legislation with the aim of providing a more effective means for content rights holders to protect their copyright online. Noting that online piracy is a global issue, it advises that studies commissioned by rights holders indicate there is a high level of consumption of online copyright infringing (pirated) content in Singapore. [...]

NAB boss: ‘It’s hard to trust FCC’

Gordon Smith, president and CEO of NAB, has told broadcasters at the NAB convention they need to urgently develop a new standard that will allow FTA broadcast to prosper in the multi-screen world. Smith said broadcasters were finding it hard to trust the FCC, even after it had followed the rules. “The FCC must work collaboratively with broadcasters,” he said. [...]

Studios file Megaupload action

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The major US movie studios have filed a lawsuit against file-sharing site Megaupload and its key operators, alleging that the defendants facilitated, encouraged, and profited from “massive” copyright infringement of movies and television shows before the defendants were indicted on federal criminal charges and Megaupload was shut down. “When Megaupload.com was shut down in 2012 by US law enforcement, it [...]

AAPA: Cross-border anti-piracy enforcement needed

Officials from AAPA, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, have stressed the need for swift and effective cross-border enforcement action to overcome the challenges of card sharing and illegal streaming. The comments came at a seminar on IP Sport Crime organised by OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) and Europol. AAPA members Christine Maury-Panis from Viaccess-Orca and Andreas Rudloff from [...]

Copyright Office: Aereo argument ‘fundamentally incorrect’

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While a range of trade bodies and consumer groups have line up behind Aereo in its forthcoming Supreme Court hearing with the major broadcast networks by filing amicus (friend of court) briefs, an important voice has expressed an opinion in the form of Copyright Office general counsel Jacqueline C Charlesworth. Speaking at the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Conference [...]

IP Police call for industry support

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) based in the City of London Police has called upon advertisers and brand holders to continue to support its work to tackle Intellectual Property crime following the launch of its Infringing Website List (IWL). The IWL, the first of its kind to be developed, sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal [...]

BBC Trust approves 30-day iPlayer catch-up

The BBC Trust has approved proposals from the BBC Executive to extend the catch-up window for programmes on BBC iPlayer from seven to 30 days. The decision follows a formal assessment of the significance of the plans and advice from Ofcom on the potential impact of the proposals on others. The catch-up extension will mean that programmes will be available [...]

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