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Universal broadband €40bn opportunity

The results of the latest research conducted by Point Topic and Adroit Economics point to a €40 billion opportunity for the SMEs in Europe by the end of the decade. Extending work recently conducted for the European Commission BRESAT project has revealed significant potential for growth and productivity. “Today, broadband is an indispensable tool for governments, businesses and populations in […]

Autohop well positioned in legal battle

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Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network has won a key legal argument in support of its ‘Autohop’ ad-skipping technology. US District Judge Dolly Gee ruled last week that Autohop’s ability to record the primetime output of all four major US broadcast networks was “fair use” and reflected an older 1984 case which went to the Supreme Court and at the time referred […]

Issa, Leahy applaud Google anti-piracy efforts

US Congressman Darrell Issa – author of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act – has reacted positively to Google’s recent report which explains how it combats piracy across its services, “In an unprecedented step, Google has introduced new search engine capabilities to make sure that legal content is readily available to consumers and illegal, pirated content […]

Kenya limits foreign TV content

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Kenya is limiting the amount of foreign content its local broadcasters can show. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is looking to impose a directive that all TV stations must limit non-Kenyan programming to 40 percent of their transmissions. The Authority says it is working with Kenya’s government to help create a framework to help young artists and creatives to […]

Google claims anti-piracy progress

Google has published an updated How Google Fights Piracy report, which explains how it combats piracy across its services. This new version updates many of the numbers from the 2013 version and lists a few other developments in the past year and follows an open letter sent mid-September to the European competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, in which News Corp chief […]

Aereo supports MVPD clarification

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Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, is taking further steps to create a path forward for the company by filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where it expressed its support for including a narrow […]

Study: Reducing pirated link prominence aids IP theft fight

An academic study into whether search engines influence media piracy has concluded that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft. The researchers at Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management note there is an ongoing public policy debate regarding the role […]

Lithuania wants Russia TV limits

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Lithuania’s parliament (Seimas) last week debated the prospects of creating a TV channel dedicated to countering what it said is near non-stop propaganda from Russia.  They also considered imposing a quote on Russian channels and TV programmes coming into Lithuania. One immediate step under consideration was to reduce broadcasts in Russian. “One cannot deny that […]

Better enforcement tackling rise in online IP crime

Consumers must beware of illegal traders who are increasingly using the Internet to sell counterfeit and pirated goods, according to the IP Crime Report published by Baroness Neville-Rolfe. The report, written by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on behalf of the UK IP Crime Group sets out key developments in IP crime and new enforcement activity tackling issues including:

New Russian media law now in place

Russia’s parliament has passed into law a new ‘Mass Media’ set of regulations limiting the stakes that can be held by foreign companies. President Putin signed the enabling amendments earlier this week. The amendments reduce the permitted level of aggregate foreign ownership of Russian mass media from 50 per cent direct ownership to 20 per cent direct or indirect ownership, […]

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