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China adopts more anti-piracy measures

Chinese government’s efforts to protect online intellectual property rights (IPR) will be strengthened this year by promoting the establishment of related industry associations, said Liu Shaodong, an official in the…

Pragmatus sues MSOs over VOD patents

A patent holding company called Pragmatus is suing six of the largest MSOs for infringing two patents that describe storage-retrieval-playback systems that sufficiently generic they can describe any VOD system.…

Microsoft files to stop TiVo imports

Microsoft has filed a US trade complaint seeking to prevent TiVo from importing television set-top boxes.  The complaint submitted to the US International Trade Commission in Washington accuses TiVo of…

News Corp: ‘Ofcom report is tainted’

In a rebuttal of Ofcom’s recommendation to Department of Culture Media Sport to refer to the Competition Commission its bid for BSkB, News Corporation has accused the regulator of producing…

UK sets out anti-piracy tariff

Communications minister Ed Vaizey has introduced secondary legislation aimed at enforce anti-piracy plans in the Digital Economy Act, passed shortly before the May General Election. The ‘Sharing of Costs Order’…

Verizon challenges FCC Net Neutrality

Verizon is challenging the FCC order aimed at keeping Internet service providers from blocking access to content or applications, in the courts. Verizon has asked a federal appeals court to…

UK is “plain wrong” to seek online curbs

On January 19th, the UK government’s Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told the Oxford Media Convention that he would be formulating new regulations covering online programming. “I do want to look…

Local TV for UK

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has invited companies to run local TV stations. At the Oxford Media Convention, he said the initial schemes will be focused on “ten to twelve”…

Unified regulator for Spain?

The Spanish Government is planning to set up a single regulatory body that would oversee the TV and telecoms markets under the umbrella of the current Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT).…

China’s tougher stance on online piracy

China’s tougher stance on online piracy

China will step up its fight to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) by targeting online piracy, state media has said, amid calls for Beijing to do more on widespread copyright…

Russia: Internet users responsible for piracy

Internet users — not Internet companies — should be held legally accountable for uploading pirated content on web sites, Russian Communications and Press Minister Igor Shchyogolev has said. But Shchyogolev…

BBC: Ofcom says BSkyB bid must be referred

The BBC’s Business Editor Robert Peston says the Ofcom report to Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary  recommends News Corp’s proposed takeover of BSkyB should be referred to the Competition Commission.…

Hunt: BSkyB decision bound to be challenged

Jeremy Hunt, UK Culture Secretary, admitted that whatever decision he took on referring the News Corp BSkyB bid to the Competition Commission it was bound to be judicially challenged by…

BBC Trust: On-demand should be syndicated via iPlayer

BBC Trust: On-demand should be syndicated via iPlayer

The BBC Trust has concluded provisionally that on-demand BBC programmes should only be made available to TV platform operators through the BBC iPlayer, and should not be made available on…

ITV given hope on CRR

ITV given hope on CRR

ITV can look forward to relief from its most onerous regulation after Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, said changes in government responsibility gave him power to reform or abolish it.…