Tag Archive: New Media

TV Catchup allowed to continue reduced service – but questions remain

By Jonathan Salt and John Cloke The High Court has ordered streaming service TV Catchup (TVC) to drop over 20 channels aired by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and pay eighty per cent of the broadcasters’ costs of the action, following a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU), …

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The UK signs WIPO’s Beijing Treaty on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances

By Patrick Mitchell and Dylan Kennett Although EU Law has traditionally provided performers with relatively strong rights and protections (for example, the UK protects performers rights already in Part II of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988), the same cannot be said for the entire world.  However, on 12 June the United Kingdom, along with …

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Australia: Live odds are only part of the problem

Gambling advertising, and in particular live odds during the broadcast of events, has been the subject of much attention and debate in Australia recently.  The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Advertising for Sports Betting) Bill 2013 [No. 2] 2013 is another attempt to address this issue.  The Bill was introduced by Senator Richard Di Natale of the …

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The New Consumer Rights Bill – The Future for Digital Content

By Patrick Mitchell and Dylan Kennett Earlier this week, the Queen delivered her annual speech at the State opening of Parliament.  Amongst the matters covered, were plans to draft the long awaited Consumer Rights Bill (the ‘Bill’) – in response to calls for simplified consumer protection laws.  Currently, there are eight pieces of related legislation …

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Digital Terrestrial Television – New LCN Plan!

Last week the Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni (Italian TLC Authority – “Authority”) approved the new LCN Plan (see release). As you may recall from our previous posts and videos, after the recent decisions by the Consiglio di Stato (Administrative Supreme Court) that annulled the prior regulation on LCN, the Authority had to start …

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A WIPO Broadcasting Treaty – maybe this time….?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will meet in mid-April to further discuss a new draft broadcasting treaty (http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/copyright/en/sccr_24/sccr_24_10.pdf), designed to bolster the protections available to broadcasters (by providing Treaty protection to the transmission “signal”). The current WIPO position on this issue remains that set out in the 1961 Rome Convention. This confers protection in respect …

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ISPs getting comfortable with blocking injunctions

The High Court took another step last week towards a streamlined process for copyright owners to obtain injunctions against ISPs, requiring them to block access to websites and services that facilitate copyright infringement. So-called “blocking injunctions”, under section 97A of the UK’s Copyright Designs and Patents Act (the “CDPA”), were pioneered in the Newzbin cases …

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Sports gTLDs – a hotly contested commodity

In June 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced details of the applications it had received for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).  In layman’s terms, a gTLD is the “bit after the dot”, so for example two companies have applied for the right to control the gTLD “.football”, and to …

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DLA Piper represents Al Jazeera in acquisition of Current TV

There will be a transition from Current TV’s existing programming until Al Jazeera’s new US-based channel begins to air in 2013 from New York City on Current TV’s distribution network. In addition to the existing Al Jazeera news bureaus in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago, Al Jazeera plans to open additional …

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