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German channels appeal VoD regulation

ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL have confirmed the launch of a legal appeal against the decision by the country’s competition regulator to block their proposed ‘German Hulu’ video-on-demand service. The platform was…

Egypt relaxes TV rules

The new Egyptian government is making life easier for new privately-owned TV channels to get on air. The new rules are expected to lead to many more privately-financed TV stations…

Broadcasters call for CRTC to regulate streaming services

Canada’s leading television companies are targeting Netflix and other online streaming services in an attempt to bring the fast-growing competitive threat to the TV business into the same regulations they…

Sky wins ECJ case to exempt PVRs from tax

The European Court of Justice has agreed with British Sky Broadcasting and overturned the UK tax authority’s classification of a PVR and, thereby, exempted it from import duty. The Inland…

NZ: 3 strike law passed

NZ: 3 strike law passed

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill in New Zealand has been passed, despite strong opposition.  The law will come into effect on September 1st and repeals Section 92A of…

Motorola and Huawei settle secrets case

Motorola Solutions and Huawei Technologies have entered into an agreement to settle all pending litigation between them on breach of trade secrets. Motorola Solutions has agreed to withdraw its claims…

Phorm, BT escape privacy prosecution

The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to prosecute BT and Phorm for secretly tracking the online habits of 18,000 Internet users. BT and Phorm sparked controversy in…

Content owners plot anti-piracy scheme

A coalition of content owners is working on a detailed proposal for a voluntary scheme which would see Internet Service Providers (ISPs) block dozens of sites facilitating online piracy, following…

FCC net neutrality rules overturned

As anticipated, the US House of Representatives has voted to overturn the so-called ‘net neutrality’ rules designed to create an open Internet. A clash with the Senate and President Obama…

Time Warner, Viacom counter-sue over iPad TV

Time Warner Cable and Viacom have counter-sued each other in an escalating battle over whether cable companies have the right to distribute TV shows to devices such as Apple’s iPad.…

Google criticised for anti-piracy efforts

A US congressional hearing into IP piracy has suggested that Google was falling short in its anti-piracy efforts. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Intellectual Property, Competition…

Momentum building for US piracy legislation

Momentum building for US piracy legislation

Lawmakers from both parties in Congress are gathering at the Capitol with representatives from industry to once again denounce the effects of online piracy and counterfeiting on the US economy.…

UK ISPs “mustn’t set their own rules”

Speaking at a House of Commons debate on net neutrality, the executive director of the Open Rights Group called for Government to step in to prevent ISPs making up the…

Virgin Media wins appeal over Rovi EPG patent

Virgin Media has won an appeal ruling confirming it didn’t infringe European patents for interactive programme guides held by Rovi’s Gemstar-TV Guide International because the patents were deemed invalid. The…

UK High Court overturns pub piracy conviction

UK High Court overturns pub piracy conviction

A licensee has had a conviction for screening foreign satellite football overturned by the High Court in London. A pub in the Midlands was originally convicted and fined £500 (€600)…