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AAPA: Cross-border anti-piracy enforcement needed

Officials from AAPA, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, have stressed the need for swift and effective cross-border enforcement action to overcome the challenges of card sharing and illegal streaming. The comments came at a seminar on IP Sport Crime organised by OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) and Europol. AAPA members Christine Maury-Panis from Viaccess-Orca and Andreas Rudloff from [...]

Copyright Office: Aereo argument ‘fundamentally incorrect’

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While a range of trade bodies and consumer groups have line up behind Aereo in its forthcoming Supreme Court hearing with the major broadcast networks by filing amicus (friend of court) briefs, an important voice has expressed an opinion in the form of Copyright Office general counsel Jacqueline C Charlesworth. Speaking at the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Conference [...]

IP Police call for industry support

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) based in the City of London Police has called upon advertisers and brand holders to continue to support its work to tackle Intellectual Property crime following the launch of its Infringing Website List (IWL). The IWL, the first of its kind to be developed, sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal [...]

BBC Trust approves 30-day iPlayer catch-up

The BBC Trust has approved proposals from the BBC Executive to extend the catch-up window for programmes on BBC iPlayer from seven to 30 days. The decision follows a formal assessment of the significance of the plans and advice from Ofcom on the potential impact of the proposals on others. The catch-up extension will mean that programmes will be available [...]

Devils and deep blue seas

There are some people who owe politicians and journalists a lot. These people are estate agents and parking wardens. A few years ago, these groups would routinely rank at the bottom of any ‘respect’ poll in the UK, now, thanks to MPs expense scandals and the phone hacking debacle, they no longer need worry about footing the league. In international [...]

Turkish court part lifts YouTube ban

A Turkish court has ruled that a blanket ban of YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted, citing a supreme court ruling this week that scrapped a similar ban on microblogging site Twitter. The state telecoms authority on March 27th blocked access to YouTube, Google’s video-sharing site, after anonymously leaked audio recordings appeared there purportedly [...]

American Cable Association backs Aereo

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The American Cable Association (ACA) has become the the latest trade body to come out in support of Internet TV streaming service Aereo in the forthcoming copyright action to be heard in the US Supreme Court. The ACA – which represents some 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies – has filed an amicus (friend of court) brief urging the [...]

European Parliament passes telecoms reform package

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the EC’s Connected Continent package, albeit with some fundamental amendments. Although welcomed by European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, who said the vote represented “the EU delivering for citizens”, particularly as it did away with roaming charges, a number of observers have suggested the reverse may be true. The ‘Connected Continent’ telecoms Regulation [...]

CEA joins Aereo amicus brief

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has become the latest trade body to show its support for Internet TV streaming service Aereo in its pending case before the US Supreme Court by filing an amicus (friend of court) brief in conjunction with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy and Public Knowledge. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, said the case [...]

Pakistan levies millions of fines on TV channels

BBC Monitoring is reporting that Pakistan’s media regulator (PEMRA) has levied a total of 35 million Pakistan Rupees in fines on TV channels for “excessive foreign content” or “illegal and misleading advertisements” over the past year or two. PEMRA says: “[We] took cognisance where violations of code of conduct of the authority were committed,” Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid [...]

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