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IP crime unit issues 2.5m site warnings

As it marks its first year in operation, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has revealed that since April 2014, the team has diverted more than 2.5 million visits from copyright infringing sites to a domain suspension page. This is an official message from the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead Force for Fraud, warning […]

EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions

The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary. The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition […]

BBC licence ‘could double for independent Scotland’

The BBC is under political pressure to reveal details of an internal study which found that viewers in an independent Scotland would have to pay almost double their current licence fee if they wanted to continue watching and listening to the same BBC shows. Labour’s former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has called on the corporation to publish the figures “immediately […]

UK retrans fees to be reviewed

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed that the government is to review legislation that governs payment arrangements for carriage of BBC and other Public Service Broadcaster platforms. Delivering a keynote address at the RTS London Conference 2014, Javid said the government was going to look at whether the time is right to remove Section 73 of the Copyright, Design […]

Netflix joins ‘Slowdown’ net neutrality protest

Netflix confirmed it will join today’s (September 10) ‘Internet Slowdown’ event to raise awareness about net neutrality. A number of top Internet service sites – from Kickstarter and Etsy to Reddit and WordPress – will add widgets to their sites that display the dreaded ‘loading’ wheel one might see when trying to watch a video over a slow connection. Unlike […]

Thailand to issue TV vouchers Oct 15

Thailand’s communications regulator, its National Broadcasting & Telecoms Commission, says it will start issuing free digital TV vouchers from October 15. The vouchers are being issued to help fund the nation’s conversion from analogue to digital TV. The Commission says it expects to mail more than 22.9 million vouchers, which users can spend on TV convertor boxes or a discount […]

Australia ‘Follow-the-Money’ anti-piracy


The Australian telecommunications industry has sought formal regulatory approval to launch a ‘Follow-the-Money’ strategy that will act to reduce the economic incentive to promote or facilitate online copyright infringement in Australia. Trade body the Communications Alliance has lodged an application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for an authorisation that would enable telco service providers to agree collectively […]

ITV calls for fair deal on retrans fees

UK commercial Public Service Broadcaster ITV has called for major pay-TV platforms to pay UK Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) fairly for the transmission of their channels, ending what is effectively a multi-million pound subsidy to Sky and Virgin. The demand for action follows the publication of a report that shows how retransmission payments to broadcasters in the US have contributed […]

iiNet attacks copyright reform proposals

Steve Dalby, Chief Regulatory Officer at Australian ISP iiNet, has once again turned to the company blog to attack federal government proposals to reform copyright laws. In his latest post – Paying the price of online policing – Dalby, a regular blogger on copyright and piracy issues, notes that iiNet has made a submission on this issue. “As we’ve said […]

China limits foreign content streaming

China’s General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (GAPPRFT) have issued new regulations requiring that all overseas film, TV, and animated programmes broadcast online in China be licensed by the GAPPRFT. Online video sites wishing to broadcast foreign film and TV content in China must now apply for relevant ‘Film Public Broadcast’ and ‘TV Programme Distribution’ licences […]

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