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Alastair Mackichan

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Name: Alastair Mackichan
Date registered: 17 June 2013

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  1. UK – Ofcom reintroduces (lower) fees for video-on-demand services — 17 May 2017
  2. TV Catchup – CJEU gives little air time to retransmission defence — 27 March 2017
  3. UK: Search engines agree to demote pirate sites in search result listings — 7 March 2017
  4. Filmspeler – Advocate General applies linking case law to Internet media players — 14 December 2016
  5. UK: Online gambling operators probed over compliance with consumer protection laws — 25 October 2016

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UK – Ofcom reintroduces (lower) fees for video-on-demand services

By Patrick Mitchell and Alastair Mackichan The larger operators of UK VOD services (such as broadcasters’ catch up services, and other on-demand TV and movie services) will again be required to pay an annual fee to meet Ofcom’s regulatory costs. Share this

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TV Catchup – CJEU gives little air time to retransmission defence

By Alastair Mackichan The Court of Justice of the European Union has put to bed any doubt as to whether section 73 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act (“CDPA”) is compatible with the EU Copyright Directive. Section 73 provides a defence against copyright infringement for operators of cable platforms in relation to the retransmission …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.dlapiper.com/mediaandsport/2017/03/tv-catchup-cjeu-gives-little-air-time-to-retransmission-defence/

UK: Search engines agree to demote pirate sites in search result listings

By John Wilks and Alastair Mackichan The UK Intellectual Property Office (the “IPO”) announced last month that Google and Bing have agreed to enter into a voluntary code of practice with the UK creative industries (represented by the British Phonographic Industry, the Motion Picture Association and the Alliance for Intellectual Property) (the “Code”). The “Code …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.dlapiper.com/mediaandsport/2017/03/uk-search-engines-agree-to-demote-pirate-sites-in-search-result-listings/

Filmspeler – Advocate General applies linking case law to Internet media players

By John Cloke, John Wilks and Alastair Mackichan Hot on the coattails of the CJEU’s ruling in GS Media (see here), the court’s Advocate General has come down hard on the seller of pre-configured media players which give access to pirated content over the Internet, in his advisory opinion in the Filmspeler case delivered last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.dlapiper.com/mediaandsport/2016/12/filmspeler-advocate-general-applies-linking-case-law-to-internet-media-players/

UK: Online gambling operators probed over compliance with consumer protection laws

By Alastair Mackichan On 21 October 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA“) announced that it is launching an inquiry into the practices of online gambling operators. In particular, the CMA will scrutinise the fairness of gambling licensees’ terms and conditions following concerns raised by the Gambling Commission earlier this year. Share this

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UK: The ASA continues crack down on “FREE BET” adverts

By Alastair Mackichan The Advertising Standards Authority (the “ASA”) ruled that Betway’s “£30 Free Bet” promotion was misleading and omitted material information. In June, Betway’s website featured an ad banner reading: “Football Betting Offer £30 Free Bet … Bet Now“. The fine print stated: “Key Terms 1) New Customers Only. 2) Min deposit £10+ required. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.dlapiper.com/mediaandsport/2016/08/uk-the-asa-continues-crack-down-on-free-bet-adverts/