Category Archive: Television

Can a TV show format acquire copyright protection?

By Patrick Mitchell and Will Thorman Many years ago the Courts determined that there was no copyright in the format for the “Opportunity Knocks” game show (see Green v New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation [1989] 2 All ER 1056) and since then several other claims to copyright in TV formats have failed when considered under English …

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CINEMA AND AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA SERVICES: A WIDER PROTECTION FOR EU WORKS

On 2 October 2017, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree (“Decree“), aimed at ensuring a wider protection to EU (and Italian) works in the audiovisual media services (“AVMS“) sector. A brief outline of the new provisions is set out below. Share this

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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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AVMSD Reform: Focus on Video-Sharing Platforms

As broadly known, the EU Commission on May 25, 2016 published its proposal for a reform of the audio-visual media services Directive no. 2010/13/EU (“Proposal“, available here).  The Proposal is currently under scrutiny: in particular, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education on April 25, 2017, voted to amend the Proposal.  The subject matter …

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New Federal Archives Act (Bundesarchivgesetz) enters into force

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Fabian Jeschke On 16 March 2017 the new Federal Archives Act (BArchG) entered into force. The German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) had adopted the reform in one of its sessions in January 2017. Besides the Freedom of Information Act (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz) the BArchG is a central instrument for access to documents of federal authorities. …

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Ofcom announcement on non-domestic TV channels: changes to access service obligations

By Patrick Mitchell and Ed Chalk Following a consultation, on 2 December Ofcom announced decisions on a number of measures designed to improve access to non-domestic TV channels (i.e. channels licensed by Ofcom for transmission to other EU Member States). As you will know, channels licensed by Ofcom but targeted at European territories other than …

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Audiovisual Rights on Sports Events: Towards a Disruptive Reform?

The Italian regime for the assignment of audiovisual rights on sports events could dramatically change in the next future. Share this

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Brexit and MSE: Post Brexit Trade Models – Norway (EEA)

By Petter Bjerke As part of our “Brexit and MSE” series, today we look at another possible model of a post -Brexit trading relationship between the UK and the EU based on the agreement between the EU and Norway – one of the territories in the European Economic Area. Share this

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Brexit and MSE: Post Brexit Trade Models – Canada

By Chris Bennett, Stephanie Ovens and Leandra Gupta In the forthcoming days and weeks, we will be publishing regular updates on issues relevant to Brexit. Today we look at one possible model of a post -Brexit trading relationship between the UK and the EU based on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA“) being negotiated …

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EUROPE: ECJ Rules on TV Advertising Practices

By Florence Guthfreund-Roland and Mathilde Hallé The European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) recently ruled on the interpretation of the provisions of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive[1] (the “Directive”) relating to television advertising and commercial sponsorship in the Sanoma case[2]. At stake were the broadcasting practices implemented by Sanoma, a Finnish television broadcaster, which the …

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