Television

Key dates set for coming into force of the new Audio-visual Media Services Directive

On 28 November 2018, Directive (EU 2018/1808) (“New Directive”) revising the existing Audiovisual Media Services Directive (2010/13/EU) (“AVMSD”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As such the key dates for when the New Directive comes into force and by when member states must transpose it into national legislation have been confirmed.

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Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board begin analysing multiple-screen viewing

Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board begin analysing multiple-screen viewing BARB, the TV audience measurement body, announced that from 25 September 2018 they will make available  programme viewing figures across four devices (TV, tablets, PCs and smartphones) in the United Kingdom. The “four-screen” viewing figures are the first stage of the on-going Project Dovetail, an initiative established to meet the TV and advertising industry’s need to understand the way in which viewers are consuming content on devices …

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Follow-us! Audiovisual Finance: the New Italian Cinema Law – DLA Piper Rome, Via dei Due Macelli 66 – 11:00 AM, 6 December 2017

Follow us (Rome, Via dei Due Macelli 66, 6 December 2017, 11:00 AM) for our roundtable on the Decrees implementing the Italian Law no. 220/2016 (“Cinema Law”) and the related investment opportunities concerning audiovisual works (including tax credit, automatic contribution, protection of minors and European works). We will also analyze the financing structures of audiovisual and theatrical works. Our panelists will include producers of audiovisual (Andrea Buonaguidi, Palomar) and theatrical (Federica Lucisano, Gruppo Lucisano) works, …

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Can a TV show format acquire copyright protection?

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 law.

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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. A. The Main Contents of the Decree The Decree amends Article 44 of the Italian AVMS Code (Legislative Decree no. 177/2005 and ff. amendments), setting forth the general framework for the …

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

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.Ofcom became the sole UK regulator for editorial content (i.e. programming) on on-demand programme services (“ODPS”) on 1 January 2016. It took over responsibilities from the Authority for Television On Demand (“ATVOD”).

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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 of this post is constituted by video-sharing platforms. 1. Video-Sharing Platforms: Current Regulatory Framework The Italian AVMS Code – in …

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