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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...

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...

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

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UK Government considers new measures in the fight against illegal streaming

What are illicit IPTV streaming devices? Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) boxes are multimedia devices, such as Kodi boxes, with software installed which allows them to stream a wide range of media from...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fair Compensation for Dutch Bestselling Authors

The bestseller-clause On July 1st, 2015, the Copyright Contract Act entered into force in the Netherlands.  This constituted important changes in Dutch copyright contract law. In the footsteps of (among others) Germany,...

Multimedia player sellers and individual streamers beware! Filmspeler broadens scope for copyright infringement in...

The Filmspeler judgment specifically addresses the sale of multimedia players with pre-installed add-ons containing hyperlinks to unauthorised content.  The decision means that suppliers of such devices will need to adapt their...

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