On December 13, 2012 the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that the City of San Antonio’s electric company had discriminated against Time Warner Cable and in favor of AT&T. The PUC found that the discrimination occurred with respect to the rates (that were four to five times as high), terms and conditions for access to the utility’s poles (including … Continue Reading
To attract international film productions to France, the French National Assembly voted to increase to €10 million the amount of tax rebates that can be earned by filming in France. The new provision is hidden in Article 16 quinquies of the Amending Finance Bill for 2012, voted on December 11, 2012. Previously the amount of the total rebate … Continue Reading
The UK’s review of the culture, practices and ethics of the press has now published recommendations for the future. The presiding Judge, Lord Leveson, described his Inquiry as “the most public and the most concentrated look at the press that this country has seen”.
The report emphasises the need for a “genuinely independent and effective system of self-regulation” which can … Continue Reading
In September 2012 the Communications Authority issued a consultation paper to invite views from the public on the proposed amendments to the Codes of Practice governing television and radio programmes and advertising. The results of the consultation were published last week and a summary of the responses can be found here.
Overview of responses
The majority of the responses … Continue Reading
Our quarterly publication takes an in-depth look at business, legal and regulatory trends, on four continents, affecting the content and digital network industries. The Autumn edition contains the following articles:
The Investment Conundrum, by Peter Watts. Peter examines the tension between heavy infrastructure investment needed for broadband networks, and the fast-moving, over-the-top, world of content.
Three companies (PCCW, City Telecom and i-cable all through newly formed companies to overcome the cross-media restrictions in Hong Kong) applied for free-to-air TV licences following an announcement from the Government a few years back that the duopoly in this market would be abolished. A few years after the three applications from the new entrants were filed it seems there … Continue Reading
Hidden in the recesses of the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Bill are some potentially radical changes to the UK’s copyright regime. These proposed reforms would result in a drastic increase of the duration of copyright protection for certain artistic works.
Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988 currently curtails the duration of copyright in many mass-produced artistic … Continue Reading
The European Commission has issued a proposed Directive on the “collective management of copyright and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use”. The focus of the Directive is on the freedom of choice for rights holders (namely record labels and musicians) – they should be entitled to choose which collecting society to use in managing their rights … Continue Reading
A new appeals process has been added to Youtube’s Content ID system which provides further recourse for users who feel a claim made against their uploaded content is invalid.
Content ID is a copyright protection tool provided by Youtube, which allows rights holders (e.g film studios or music labels) to protect the use of their audio or video rights. Rights … Continue Reading
A new controversial regulation regarding gaming and gambling advertising in Italy has been introduced in the recent Law Decree no. 158 of 13 September 2012 (“Decree“) and shall affect both the off-line and online gaming industry.
The Decree contains, among others, a general provision which prohibits gambling advertisement – through TV, radio, theatres or cinemas – which is … Continue Reading
The principle of exhaustion of rights in goods placed on the internal market in the European Union is well established. However, in the digital age, how does this principle apply to digital products, which are for all intents and purposes, the same as products sold on the high street; the only difference being they are delivered in a different format?… Continue Reading
In a recent High Court decision, it was held that Nature Publishing Group (“NPG”), publisher of the scientific journal Nature, had not defamed physicist and engineer Mohamed El Naschie, editor of the journal Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, by suggesting that he had abused his position in order to publish an excessive number of his own articles.
On 6 July 2012, … Continue Reading
This blog brings together contributions from over 400 Hogan Lovells lawyers practising across the world in all areas of the media and communications industry, generating a unique range of perspectives and providing innovative insights into a fast moving industry.
We hope you find our blog interesting and thought provoking.… Continue Reading