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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, […]

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 […]

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