EUROPE – New Consultation on the EU Satellite and Cable Directive!

The European Commission launched yesterday a consultation on the Satellite and Cable Directive with a view to further promote cross border access to broadcasting and related online services.

The Satellite and Cable Directive (Directive 93/83/EEC on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission) mainly addresses rights acquisition, setting up (i) a “country of origin” principle for satellite rights and (ii) a “double track process” for cable transmission rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Italian Communication Authority – New Regulation on Disputes Between Electronic Communication Network and Services Providers

Cavalcanti C.V.On August 12, 2015, the Italian Communication Authority (“AGCOM“) published on its website the awaited Resolution no. 226/15/CONS, setting forth the new regulation (“New Regulation“, available here) on disputes between electronic communication network and services providers (“Providers“)Olivi C.V Read the rest of this entry »

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UK: Rated R – age ratings for online music videos

By Katherine Mullally

The British Board of Film Classification (“BBFC“), working in partnership with digital service providers including Vevo and Youtube, is giving movie-style age ratings to online music videos produced in the UK.  This is being done with a view to improve consumer awareness of online content and to protect children from viewing inappropriate music videos on the internet.

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Italy: Sportsbetting full liberalization closer!

Sportsbetting full liberalization is getting closer with the publication by the Italian gaming regulator of the updated draft protocol of communication (PSQF) which has the purpose of getting rid of the official list of bets and events soon. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Football Association to Become Independent from State Control

On 17 August 2015, as part of the implementation of the China Football Reform Directive 《中国足球改革总体方案》 issued on 16 March 2015, the General Administration of Sport officially announced the China Football Association (“CFA“) Adjustment and Reform Directive 《中国足球协会调整改革方案》.  Pursuant to the CFA Adjustment and Reform Directive, the CFA will be completely autonomous from the Chinese government and operate without any state funding, and revisions to the CFA constitution 《中国足球协会章程》 will also be made.  The Chinese football governing body will be transformed into a non-governmental organisation, making it the only one of China’s 72 sports associations to be independent from the Chinese government, and it will have full control over its own finances, personnel, and international contracts and relationships.

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SPAIN: Increased public funding for cinema productions

Author: Gonzalo Santos

The Spanish Government has just issued its draft for the National Budget for 2016. According to said draft, the funds for the Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts would increase by 44.7%. A total amount of €60.5 million would be used for giving grants for audiovisual productions, a 65.36% increase compared to the amounts available in 2015.

 

This increase is likely due to the new grants in advance to be introduced next year, which will allow producers and private investors to determine the level of public funding available before starting to shoot a film. The Spanish Parliament is now studying the draft of the Government and the figures indicated above could be amended in the final version. Nevertheless, since the Government still holds an outright majority in Parliament and the National Budget is likely to be approved before the next General Elections in December 2015, the figures may probably remain the same or very similar.

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EU Regulatory Alert: Upcoming EU Copyright Reform

In Autumn 2015, the European Commission will publish a legislative proposal aimed at the modernisation of the current copyright regime in the European Union, as part of the Digital Single Market Strategy. The EU Regulatory & Government Affairs team in Brussels has prepared a briefing listing several of the most debated issues affecting businesses in the sector: geo-blocking; limitations and exceptions; third-party liability; and term of protection of copyrighted works.

Read the full briefing here.

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BELGIUM: Belgian Government Gives Green Light To A New Open Data Strategy

By Alexis Fierens and Joséphine De Ruyck

On 24 July 2015, the Belgian Council of Ministers approved an ambitious federal Open Data Strategy to unlock the full potential of reusing public sector information (“PSI”). The strategy includes both a set of fifteen concrete guidelines as well as a legislative proposal, which would implement the latest PSI Directive 2013/37/EC.

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Copying jokes on Twitter: a serious business

Author: Gonzalo Santos

In order to comply with the American Digital Millenium Copyright Act, Twitter has recently deleted tweets plagiarizing a joke made by an American journalist.

Although the impact of copying a tweet without acknowledging who the original author is might seem small, it can have a significant effect. Many accounts in Twitter generate money by promoting products and services, much like a television channel earns money from advertising. The reason why Twitter users follow these accounts is that, aside from that content, they can have access to tweets which they might find entertaining.

In the aforementioned context, copying tweets from another account could significantly alter the flow of followers, thus reducing the revenues obtained through the account in which the tweets where originally published. This is why it is not unlikely that similar enforcement actions will start taking place in the near future in other countries. Nonetheless, it should be noted that not all tweets are copyrightable, since not all of them meet the originality requirements set forth in most intellectual property laws.

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EUROPE – Towards Privacy by Design Regulations for Drones!

There is an increasing usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”, more widely known as drones) for civil and commercial purposes: from environment monitoring to agriculture, from audiovisual productions to my favorite football team training… Whilst there are no doubts about the potential benefits of the civil use of drones, there is still no certainty about what are the most appropriate rules to address the data protection risks deriving from a large-scale deployment of drone technology.

The concerns are in essence very similar to those outlined for the Internet of Things (see here our post on IoT data protection concerns), as after all this is also about the increasing usage of sensors.

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