Molotov must pay €7m to M6 and cease streaming

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French OTT platform Molotov has been forbidden by a Paris Court to stream M6’s channels (M6, W9, 6ter), which have been distributed without authorisation over the last three years.

Molotov must also pay €7 million to M6 Group, for breaching the rights. An amount of €15,000 has been added for brand infringement, as Molotov had illegally reproduced M6 logos and channels brands, and another €100,000 for ‘free-riding’.

Molotov has a week to stop offering the channels.

The Court’s judgement comes after several years of fruitless negotiations between the two parties regarding the channels’ distribution. Talks are still on-going between the two groups according to unofficial sources.

Cofounded by Jean-David Blanc, Jean-Marc Denoual and Pierre Lescure, the platform was acquired last November by US pay TV service FuboTV for €164.3 million.

Molotov has more than 17 million users and 250.000 pay subscribers in France.


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