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Government to order “paid-for” iPlayer?

Government to order “paid-for” iPlayer?

The UK government could make the BBC trial a new paid-for service on the iPlayer. Culture secretary John Whittingdale signaled last month that the government would rush through legislation to…

Al Jazeera expelled from Baghdad

Qatar-based Arab-language news channel Al Jazeera has had its operating licence revoked by Iraq’s media authorities, and its office and news bureau in Baghdad closed. Iraq has accused the channel…

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

Think tank: “Privatise ‘biased’ BBC”

A report from right-wing policy institute the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has described the BBC as “no longer fit for purpose,” suggesting that its market power – especially in…

Switzerland placed on piracy Watch List

On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released the 2016 Special 301 Report on the global state of intellectual…

MPA: No single tool to fix piracy

MPA: No single tool to fix piracy

According to Stan McCoy, President and Managing Director, MPA EMEA – the European arm of the Motion Picture Association of America – there isn’t one tool that will fix online…

Charter/TWC deal set for approval

Charter/TWC deal set for approval

The FCC and Justice Department are set to approve Charter Communications’ acquisition of Time Warner Cable following the circulation of an Order by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for an FCC…

Advocacy group: ‘STB proposal’s faulty economics’

Amid growing opposition from a range of public and industry advocacy and trade bodies, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposal to free up the set-top box market is an example…

Hollywood copyright concerns about FCC STB proposal

Hollywood copyright concerns about FCC STB proposal

The Motion Picture Association of America MPAA) and labour union SAG-AFTRA have jointly filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission expressing concerns about Chairman Wheeler’s proposal designed to open up…

UK: 10-year sentence for online piracy

UK: 10-year sentence for online piracy

The UK Government has confirmed that it plans to harmonise the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement with physical infringement – at 10 years. The proposal was contained in its…

Romania: EBU withdraws services from TVR on bad debt

The EBU has withdrawn member services from Romanian public service broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) following the non-payment of debts totalling CHF 16 million (€14.5m). TVR will now no longer be…

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