News in This Week: European Parliament adopts revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The draft revised legislation was approved by a significant majority; 452 votes in favour with 132 against, and 65 abstentions. Headline news Under the existing AVMSD, VOD platforms are only required to ensure...

Recording proceedings in the lower courts – are televised trials likely in the future?

The Ministry of Justice is currently reviewing the results of a pilot programme, run by various news broadcasters last year, which filmed proceedings in the Crown Court. The purpose of this...

Government warns of new regulatory landscape for UK-based broadcasters and video-on-demand operators in case...

In fact, even in the event of a deal the UK government notice repeats previous suggestions that audio-visual media services won't be covered by any new arrangement between the UK and...

Sir Cliff Richard wins landmark privacy battle

On the 18th July 2018, the High Court found that Sir Cliff Richard's privacy rights had been breached when the BBC broadcast a police raid on his property in 2014 and...

Public Service Broadcaster prominence in a digital world: Outdated or indispensable?

What is prominence? In short, prominence is the extent to which a platform makes a service or content apparent to consumers. The battle for prominence has traditionally been on television platforms and...

BREAKING NEWS: Sir Cliff Richard wins landmark privacy battle against the BBC

The High Court today found that Sir Cliff Richard's privacy rights were infringed in a 'serious' and also somewhat 'sensationalist way' by the BBC's decision in 2014 to broadcast a police...

BREAKING NEWS: Copyright Directive delayed by European Parliament

As readers will know from our previous coverage, the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market contains an ambitious package of reforms which stretch into all aspects of the...

Taxation of the digital economy: Tax implications for high-tech and media companies

Background to the taxation of digital services As previously reported on MediaWrites (click here), the digital economy has become a concern for tax authorities at an international level. The BEPS Project, which...

Esports: Exclusivity in an open ecosystem

The continued growth of esports is seeing rights holders, licensees and fans searching for a new equilibrium between maintaining an open and collaborative esports ecosystem on the one hand; and seeking...

Digital Single Market update: Part 1, Portability

Content portability – UK enforcement The Portability of Online Content Services Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/249) (UK Regulation) was laid before UK Parliament on 28 February 2018, and came into force on 1...

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