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EC competition probe for Sky, Hollywood studios

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK and six major US film studios: Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. A…

Committee to hold BBC Charter Review inquiry

Committee to hold BBC Charter Review inquiry

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK’s House of Commons is holding an inquiry into the BBC Charter Review. This intends to cover all major aspects. Where possible,…

Oz trade body backs affordable, available content

Improvements in the affordability and ready availability of online content in Australia are crucial ingredients to reduce online copyright infringement, Communications Alliance – the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia…

UK consumers give boost to legal downloading

A survey from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has revealed that 62 per cent of Internet users in the UK have downloaded or streamed music, TV shows, films, computer…

Falcone hits Dish/Ergen with $1.5bn writ

Philip Falcone and his Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund have filed a fresh $1.5 billion (€1.37bn) lawsuit against Dish Network and its chairman Charlie Ergen. The action revolves over the…

BBC Trust suggests 11-year Charter

The BBC Trust has published its initial response to the Government’s Green Paper on the BBC’s Charter Review, and launched the first phase of its own consultation on the future…

ASA rules Virgin Media ads “misleading”

Virgin Media has been warned that customers can rightly assume that prices during the minimum term of contracts are fixed after the Advertising Standards Authority upheld complaints about its “misleading”…

Research: Accessibility, affordability best anti-piracy tools

Research conducted by the Australian and UK Governments shows Australia has high levels of online copyright infringement and reinforces the need for international and industry cooperation to address piracy. Both…

Australian MP: ‘Anti-piracy rules won’t work’

Australian MP: ‘Anti-piracy rules won’t work’

Ed Husic, Australia’s Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Treasurer, has suggested that consumers aren’t all to blame for piracy, with governments and business having to step up and offer…

Vice UK wins ATVOD appeal

Vice UK has been successful in its appeal against a determination by ATVOD that the video section of its website was subject to regulation by the UK VoD regulator. The…