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UK II: Ofcom consults on access services requirements for non-domestic TV channels

Ofcom has today published a consultation on access services requirements for TV channels licensed by Ofcom but broadcast in other Member States of the European Union (so-called ‘non-domestic channels’).
Ofcom’s consultation includes proposals to bring signing obligations for non-domestic channels in line with obligations that apply to channels broadcasting to the UK.

Ofcom is also consulting on extending access service obligations to channels licensed by Ofcom and made available in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The closing date for responses is 16 December 2015.

UK: Ofcom brings regulation of ‘video-on-demand’ in-house

Source: Ofcom UK14 October 2015The regulation of 'video-on-demand' programme services is being brought fully within Ofcom to sit alongside its regulation of broadcast content.

The move follows an Ofcom review to ensure regulation of broadcast and on-demand content remains as effective and efficient as possible for the benefit of consumers, audiences and industry.

The review included the current co-regulatory arrangements for video-on-demand services. These can include catch-up TV and on-demand services on the TV and the internet. Ofcom designated the Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) in 2010 as a co-regulator to take the lead in regulating editorial content for video-on-demand services.

Following the review, Ofcom has decided that acting as sole regulator for video-on-demand programmes is a more effective model for the future than having two separate bodies carrying out this work. This will create operational efficiencies and allow editorial content on video-on-demand to…

EU Commissioner Moedas and Secretary of State Dekker call on scientific publishers to adapt their business models to new realities

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Brussels, 12 October 2015
Speaking at a bilateral meeting with Sander Dekker, the Dutch Secretary of State for Education, Culture and Science, Commissioner Moedas reiterated the strong commitment of the European Commission to open access to scientific peer reviewed publications, which is a cornerstone of one of his top priorities – the policy on Open Science.
"Europe generates more scientific output than any other region in the world. In parallel, there is a revolution happening in the way science works. Every part of the scientific method is nowadays becoming an open, collaborative and participative process. Can publishers afford to stay out of that trend? I believe that much efforts need to be done by the main publishers to adjust their business models to the realities of the 21st century."said Commissioner Moedas. He also pointed out that "digital technologies inevitably have the same ground-breaking impact on scientific publishing as they h…

Library of U.S. Congress - Global Legal Monitor on Ukraine: New Law on TV Ownership

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 3, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a Law that introduces detailed definitions of ownership and interest in television and other broadcast companies, provides for new rules on television station ownership, and establishes new financial disclosure requirements for owners. (Law No. 674-VIII on Amending the Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Transparency of Mass Media Ownership and Implementation of State Policy in the Field of Television and Radio Broadcasting, Verkhovna Rada website (Sept. 3, 2015) (in Ukrainian).) The Law was introduced by the faction in the parliament that supports the President. (Legislative Information on the Draft Law on Amending the Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Transparency of Mass Media Ownership and Implementation of State Policy in the Field of Television and Radio Broadcasting, Verkhovna Rada website (June 16, 2015) (in Ukrainian).)
Prohibitions on Ownership

The new Law revises arti…


In addition to TTIP and security issues, Europe and the U.S. face a new discussion (to be expected if you followed the EU Court's tendency.

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The lastest from Europe's DSM debate in IEU MONITORING: EU DIGITAL AGENDA Telegram - published 2 October

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EP Draft opinion - Towards a Digital Single Market Act -  Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home AffairsEP Thinktank: Briefing - The regions in the Digital Single Market – ICT and digital opportunities for regions and citiesEU Parliament: Amendments - Towards a Digital Single Market Act - Committee on Legal Affairs 

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