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Swisscom fined for ‘abuse’ on sports content

The Swiss Competition Commission imposed a sanction of CHF 71.8 million (€64.8m) on Swisscom and Cinetrade/Teleclub for ‘prohibited marketing’ of sports content via pay TV. Swisscom and Cinetrade deny the…

Creativity initiative from French broadcast industry

France’s TF1 group and six leading broadcasting industry bodies – SATEV (press agencies), SEDPA (distributors), SPECT (content developers), SPFA (animated films), SPI (independent producers) and USPA (TV production) – have…

Algeria threatens to close private TV

Algeria’s government is getting fed up with what it calls the “anarchy” of privately-owned TV channels, and is threatening to close all the country’s independent broadcasters. Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal…

Education key to copyright safeguarding

The changing UK film and TV piracy landscape is revealed in new figures released to coincide with the CREATe Industry Copyright Education & Awareness Symposium May 24th, where key stakeholders…

Pakistan bans “crime” shows

The important Islamic holy month of Ramadan starts on June 6th, and Pakistan’s TV regulator has just issued a new set of rules as to what broadcasters cannot screen during…

Kudelski and Yahoo settle patent dispute

Swiss-based TV technology and encryption company Kudelski say they have entered into a patent licensing agreement with Yahoo.  “Under the agreement, the parties agreed to dismiss all pending patent litigation. …

UK plans Digital Economy Bill

The UK Government is to introduce legislation designed to create the right for every household to access high speed broadband, as well as protecting Intellectual Property. The proposals were outlined…

Ukraine sets Russian TV quotas

Ukraine’s Supreme Council has set limits on the amount of foreign programming that can be carried by both domestic and “foreign” broadcasters. However, it seems the target for the limitations…

EU quota for Netflix, Prime?

EU quota for Netflix, Prime?

Netflix, Amazon Prime and similar SVoD services could soon be adhering to a 20 per cent quota for European content in EU member states. French Daily Les Echos reports that…

EU warned against copyright reform

EU warned against copyright reform

Audiences across the EU will lose out substantially if the European Commission presses ahead with plans to erode the territorial exploitation of film and television rights, a report released at…

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