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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, […]

China blocks BBC website

Chinese censors have blocked the BBC’s website as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police. In a statement, the BBC said that the move seemed to be “deliberate censorship”. It did not say what may have prompted the move by Beijing, which also blocks the websites of the New York Times, newswire Bloomberg and the BBC’s Chinese-language […]

Virgin TV ad banned

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A Virgin Media TV ad has been banned after rival BSkyB complained about the use of a Sky Sports football clip. The TV campaign featured the former Doctor Who David Tennant promoting Virgin Media’s ‘Big Kahuna’ Bundle. Virgin Media’s ad pushed its “quad play” package of products – including TV, superfast broadband, mobile and landline – claiming it was significantly […]

Aereo seeks MPVD status

Internet OTT entertainment streaming service Aereo has formalised its desire to be considered an MPVD (Multichannel Video Programming Distributor)– i.e., a service licensable by the US’s Federal Communications Commission and as such liable to negotiate with broadcasters over content, or ‘retransmission’ fees, in contrast to its launch business model, which was based on the premiss that it was not liable […]

UK PM’s IP adviser stands down

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has informed UK Prime Minister David Cameron that he is standing down as his IP adviser. Weatherley was appointed by the Prime Minister in September 2013 to be his Intellectual Property Adviser. In his role, Weatherley has worked closely with the […]

IP adviser urges IP education and awareness

Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, has published his third IP related report – Copyright Education and Awareness – which examines IP education and aims to help reinforce on the public the importance of respecting IP and paying a fair price for content. In his capacity as Cameron’s Intellectual Property Adviser, Weatherley has previously published […]

Ofcom updates on ‘White Space’ trials

Ofcom has reported on the status of plans for the introduction of new ‘white space’ wireless technology in the UK – the first country in Europe likely to do so. A number of trials are taking place across the country, with the latest organisations to launch TV trials using the technology to stream live footage of animals to YouTube. This […]

Obama confirms net neutrality commitment

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President Barack Obama has declared himself fully committed to net neutrality, effectively coming out in opposition to the proposed FCC plan to create so-called Internet ‘fast-lanes’. The FCC received a record 3.7 million comments since Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new so-called Open Internet rules in April. The proposed rules would ban ISPs from blocking or slowing users’ access to websites […]

Israel drops ‘antagonistic’ BBC World

Israel’s YES pay-TV service is dropping BBC World. Israeli newspaper Haaretz cites the BBC as being “antagonistic” by Israeli viewers, although YES more simply blames low ratings for the channel, not politics. Perhaps the greater insult is that BBC World is being replaced by France 24’s English-language TV channel. BBC World has been present on the YES platform for almost […]

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