eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike

eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike As the eSports juggernaut continues to gather momentum during 2017, one question that will be on the minds of both rights holders and broadcasters...

Translation please: The Audiovisual Media Services Directive to European Convention on Transfrontier Television

  Convention The Convention is founded on broadly the same country of origin principle as that which went on to be enshrined in the Television Without Frontiers Directive and now the AVMS, meaning...

Bird & Bird APAC Sports Update 1: round one of the bout between infringers...

Protecting the Crown Jewels For many companies in Asia Pacific buying sports rights from rights holders such as the FA Premier League ("FAPL"), those rights represent the crown jewels in a rights...

Netflix and the rush towards producing original content

Netflix, for example, intends on producing 1,000 hours of original programming in 2017, a rise from the 600 hours they produced in 2016 and roughly 300 hours they made two years...

Airbrushing: reality or freedom of expression? A dilemma under Polish press law

In December 2016, Super Express, a popular Polish tabloid newspaper, published a story in which it accused Mr Marek Kuchciński – politician and current Speaker of the lower house of the...
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Phil Sherrell looks at the Digital Single Market and the challenges it brings

Head of Bird & Bird's international Media, Entertainment and Sport sector, Phil Sherrell, discusses the Digital Single Market and the implications for media and technology companies.

‘Compensation’ versus ‘punishment’ in Polish copyright – a major court ruling ahead

Copyright enforcement laws specify the remedies that rights holders can demand in cases of copyright infringement. These include demands to cease the infringement, to compensate for the loss, and to apologise....

English Premier League wins latest round in battle over satellite decoder cards

The state of play In the Murphy pub landlady case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that EU free movement rules prohibited contractual provisions which prevented viewers in...

Fox succeeds in securing appeal to Supreme Court in “glee” trade mark dispute

  Following a series of rulings dating back to 2011, Fox was held to have infringed Comic Enterprise’s UK-registered trademarks for ‘the glee CLUB’ by broadcasting in the UK a successful musical...

Fast cars and soggy bottoms – are format rights worth their weight without the...

What is left once TV stars quit? Earlier this year, the producers of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) - a wildly popular baking show in the UK - announced that the...

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