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MPs to probe UK cinema sector

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons is to hold an  Evidence Session looking at the challenges facing UK cinema. The Committee is continuing its inquiry into British Film and High-End TV with a session focusing on the industry’s exhibition sector, where a film is screened for the public in […]

April 19, 2024By Colin Mann

Avanti wins spectrum debt obligation case

The London High Court has ruled that Avanti Communications, a London-based speciality satellite operator, was correct in assessing its all-important spectrum as a relevant asset in its recent financial reconstruction. The decision, by Mr Justice Johnson and published on April 12th by the National Law Review, was crucially important to Avanti. The Court’s background to […]

April 16, 2024

Ofcom: New guidelines to improve VoD access services

Ofcom has announced changes to its Access Services Code and associated best practice guidelines, to improve the accessibility of TV and on-demand programmes for UK audiences. Access services include subtitles, signing and audio description. They help people with access needs, including blind and deaf people and those with sight and hearing loss, to understand and […]

April 15, 2024

Singapore: More site-blocking orders

The Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has welcomed the Singapore High Court’s latest order to block another 26 illegal streaming sites and more than 100 associated domains responsible for the distribution of illegally streamed content in Singapore. The Court’s order follows on from a similar order obtained in Singapore by the Premier […]

April 15, 2024By Colin Mann

Furiosa stars share Moments Worth Paying For

Pro—copyright consumer education body The Industry Trust for IP Awareness’s Moments Worth Paying For campaign is presenting an exclusive message for UK audiences from the stars of Warner Bros Pictures’ Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga ahead of its release only in cinemas on May 24th.  In the exclusive and brand-new content, Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris […]

April 12, 2024

MPA plans movie piracy crackdown

Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, has confirmed the body will work with Members of Congress to enact judicial site-blocking legislation in the US. Delivering a State of the Industry address at CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas, Rivkin noted that in 2023, box office was up 20 per cent from the […]

April 11, 2024By Colin Mann

MPs call for copyright changes

Many successful musicians, actors and writers are struggling to make a living as a result of gaps in copyright protection, a lack of support for freelancers and unpredictable returns from music streaming, UK MPs have warned. A report, Creator remuneration, from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, highlights the precarious […]

April 10, 2024By Colin Mann

UK broadband investment reaches £1.3bn

Data reveals that since the start of 2024, the UK Government is boosting access to fast and reliable Internet at an unprecedented speed, putting nearly 380,000 rural premises in line to access a better broadband connection. The upgrades will give rural communities access to the fastest Internet on the market, helping to grow the economy. […]

April 10, 2024By Colin Mann

Ofcom warns TalkTV over “potentially offensive comments”

TalkTV, the free-to-air television and radio channel owned and operated by News UK, has been warned by media regulator Ofcom “to take extra care to ensure that comments which have high risk of causing serious offence are justified and put into proper context”. This follows an assessment of comments made by Julia Hartley-Brewer during an […]

April 8, 2024

Boeing, Virgin Galactic in court battle

On March 21st aerospace giant Boeing entered a writ against Virgin Galactic in the US District Court of Virginia. The action alleged that Virgin owed Boeing $26 million (€24m) and that it had misappropriated certain IP and trade secrets associated with the development for a new space tourism aircraft for Virgin. Boeing, and an associated […]

April 8, 2024