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Australia: Inquiry into digital platforms

Australia: Inquiry into digital platforms

Australia’s Federal Government has formally directed the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to commence an inquiry into digital platform providers such as Facebook and Google. The ACCC’s inquiry will…

Ofcom: Sky showed explicit scene to 7,000 kids

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky showed a hard-hitting sexually explicit movie at 21.00 immediately after having screened 5 back-to-back episodes of The Simpsons. Broadcasting regulator Ofcom, in its report on a…

EC steps up IP protection

EC steps up IP protection

The European Commission has presented measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.…

CJEU: Cloud programmes must have copyright authorisation

CJEU: Cloud programmes must have copyright authorisation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in the case of VCAST Limited v RTI SpA that the making available of copies of television programmes saved…

Research: SVoD effect on piracy limited

Research: SVoD effect on piracy limited

Findings from a research project undertaken by Portuguese and US academics suggest that subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services have a limited effect on digital piracy, with earlier access to content at…

Licensee fined for illegal Sky Sports screening

A licensee in the Merseyside area of northwest England has been found guilty of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission by showing Sky Sports football matches to…

AT&T/TW: Merger ‘pro-consumer’

AT&T/TW: Merger ‘pro-consumer’

AT&T and Time Warner have submitted a joint court filing arguing that their proposed $85.4 billion (€78.5bn) merger is “pro-competitive” and “pro-consumer”, seeking to refute claims by the US Department…

Consumer group warns of pirated content risk

Consumer group warns of pirated content risk

US consumer-orientated coalition the Digital Citizens Alliance has launched new efforts to educate law enforcement, regulators, and parents about the dangers of pirated content, releasing a new video demonstrating the…

Creative industries’ record contribution to UK economy

The UK’s booming creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016, new statistics show. Industries including advertising and marketing, arts and film, TV and radio, and museums…

Sky’s Darroch calls for OTT regulation crackdown

Sky’s Darroch calls for OTT regulation crackdown

Jeremy Darroch, CEO of Sky, has called on Europe’s policy makers to ensure a level regulatory playing field, suggesting that licensed broadcasters such as Sky are disadvantaged having to compete…