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EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into the market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting in Austria

13 November 2017 Related policiesTelecom Laws Improving connectivity and access Today the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation concerning the Austrian regulator's (KommAustria's) proposal to continue to regulate the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting transmission in Austria by requiring the transmission network provider to grant private radio operators price regulated access to its transmission services. The markets for broadcasting transmission services were removed by the Commission from the list of EU markets recommended for ex ante regulation already in the 2007.

Whilst the current case concerns three broadcasting transmission markets in Austria, namely (i) a market for the transmission of analogue terrestrial (FM) radio broadcasting signals; (ii) a market for multiplexing of broadcasting signals (i.e. a method by which multiple signals are combined into one signal over a shared medium in order to share scarce resources) a…

EU Commission conducts Impact Assessment on fake news and online misinformation

Source: EU Commission Impact Assessment

Political context


Access to reliable information is at the heart of what makes an effective democracy, yet many people find it harder to differentiate factual information and good journalism from propaganda. Increasingly, inaccurate information is shared on social media and echoed by a growing number of news outlets. The spread of fake news through social networks has become a global story due to its claimed impact on the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections and Brexit. It has also been a source of concern during other recent electoral campaigns in the EU. From a more general perspective, this phenomenon is a proxy for wider issues regarding the commercialisation and private control of the public sphere by social media and the parallel weakening of the traditional news media industry, with adverse effects on the quality of the democratic debate across the EU.

Fake news comes in a variety of forms. While some forms of fake news contain il…

Markenstreit um "Fack Ju Göhte" - Mündliche Verhandlung vor dem Europäischen Gericht in der Rechtssache T-69/17 - Constantin Film Produktion / Amt der EU für Geistiges Eigentum (EUIPO)

Quelle: EuG-Pressemitteilung
Montag, 20. November 2017, 15.00 Uhr
Im April 2005 beantragte die Constantin Film Produktion GmbH beim Amt der EU für Geistiges Eigentum (EUIPO) die Eintragung der Wortmarke Fack Ju Göhte als Unionsmarke für verschiedene Waren und Dienstleistungen, etwa für Körperpflegeartikel, Schmuck, Schreibwaren, Kleidung, Spiel- und Sportartikel, bestimmte Lebensmittel und Getränke sowie für Unterhaltung. Das EUIPO lehnte die Eintragung mit der Begründung ab, dass die Anmeldung gegen die öffentliche Ordnung und die guten Sitten verstoße (siehe Entscheidung des EUIPO R 2205/2015‑5). Gegen diese Ablehnung hat Constantin Film Klage beim Gericht der Europäischen Union erhoben. Heute findet die mündliche Verhandlung statt.
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EU Parliament: At a Glance - Disinformation, 'fake news' and the EU's response

At a Glance - Disinformation, 'fake news' and the EU's response - 07-11-2017
The impact of the online spread of mis- and disinformation – including false news posing as factual stories – became increasingly visible in the context of the crisis in Ukraine, and gained notoriety as a global phenomenon during the 2016 presidential election campaign in the United States. Ahead of the European elections in 2019, the EU's answers to these challenges are still only tentative. 
Source : © European Union, 2017 - EP

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