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ECJ: Decoder market must be free

ECJ: Decoder market must be free

The English Premier League has lost its fight before the European Court of Justice to the extent it has ruled there must be a free market in the provision of…

Formats protected by strong arm of the law

Hit international TV formats such as Big Brother and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? are being protected by the laws of copyright, unfair competition, passing off and breach of…

European Court rules against Premier League

The English Premier League has lost its fight before the European Court of Justice which has ruled there must be a free market in the provision of programme services. The…

Illegal downloader in guilty plea

A 23-year-old North Carolina man who co-founded a website offering illegal downloads has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement in the US District Court for the Eastern District…

Multi–screen security challenge

There are tipping points in all things. Not very long ago, it seems to me, technology companies, including CA vendors, were going to their pay-TV operator customers and trying to…

Film, TV groups urge Senate to pass anti-piracy bill

A coalition of US film and television companies has written to every member of the Senate, urging them to pass online piracy measure the PROTECT IP Act (short for Preventing…

The Big Apple ups anti-piracy campaign

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) has announced a new digital piracy campaign and consumer awareness initiative. The ‘Create the Next Spot Contest’ asks creative…

Online piracy costs UK retailers £250m

The UK Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has expressed irritation at the slow implementation of anti-piracy law the Digital Economy Act, claiming that the delay is costing retailers millions of pounds.…

Hunt: Unlawful distribution is theft

UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has countered suggestions that tackling the problem of material that is being unlawfully distributed online is an assault on the “freedom” of the Internet. He…

Pirate site: “We can defeat blocking”

Usenet indexing site Newzbin2 is readying software it says will defeat attempts to stop people visiting it. At the beginning of summer  BT was ordered to block access to Newzbin2…