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Turkey beyond the Deniz Yücel case: Four journalists sentenced to life in prison, one released then indicted - Committee to Protect Journalists

Istanbul, February 16, 2018—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Turkish court’s decision tosentence four journaliststo life in prison without parole, and called on Turkish authorities to release them without delay. 
In a separate case, Turkey must scrap charges against another journalist who was today released from custody but simultaneously indicted for terrorism propaganda, CPJ said. A Turrkish court today handed life sentences toAhmet Altan, an internationally recognized novelist and former chief editor for the shuttered dailyTaraf;Mehmet Altan, an academic, columnist, and TV host, most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV and the dailyÖzgür Düşünce;Nazlı Ilıcak, a veteran journalist, columnist, and TV host, most recently with shuttered outlets Can Erzincan TV and the dailyÖzgür Düşünce; andFevzi Yazıcı, former layout editor for the shuttered dailyZaman. The four, who have been jailed since 2016, were found guilty of attempting to topple Turkey’s constitution…

TYPES: EU-funded project delivers new tools to make the web advertising industry more transparent


Source: Cordis

The online advertising explosion is raising serious data privacy and security concerns.The EU-funded TYPES project ‘protects individuals’ privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes,’ says Rosa Araujo, project coordinator for the EU-funded initiative. ‘By raising end user trust and advertiser transparency, all stakeholders of the advertising ecosystem stand to benefit.’

Advertisers track users when they’re online by shadowing them as they browse websites, perform web searches or watch movies. Tracking companies build a profile of each user based on such activities.

Collecting and processing personal data and then offering it to interested parties often means maintaining a balance between sustaining the many gains the industry brings and concerns over the privacy of internet users. The TYPES project ‘protects individuals’ privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service …

EU Commission is going to assess the acquisition of Shazam by Apple

Source: EU Commission

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The European Commission has accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. The Commission considers the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the EEA. Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam does not meet the turnover thresholds set by the EU Merger Regulation for mergers that must be notified to the European Commission because they have an EU dimension. It was notified by Apple for regulatory clearance in Austria, where the transaction meets the national merger notification threshold. Austria submitted a referral request to the Commission pursuant to Article 22(1) of the EU Merger Regulation. This provision allows Member States to request that the Commission examine a merger that does not have an EU dimension but affects trade wit…

EU Commission approves Discovery's acquisition of Scripps, subject to conditions; rejects referral request by Polish competition authority

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Brussels, 6 February 2018 +++ The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Scripps by Discovery, both US based global media companies. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Discovery. Discovery and Scripps are both active as providers of basic pay-TV channels to TV distributors in the European Economic Area (EEA). Scripps is particularly active in the UK, where it operates UKTV jointly with the BBC; and in Poland, via TVN, a Polish media company acquired by Scripps in 2015. The Commission's investigation found that: In the UK, the proposed transaction would raise no competition issues given the limited overlap between the companies' activities.In Poland, the proposed transaction risked increasing Discovery's bargaining power vis-à-vis TV distributors because of the acquisition of certain channels that are particu…

Germany's Bundeskartellamt offers new publication on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy": Online advertising

Bundeskartellamt launches sector inquiry into market conditions in online advertising sector

Date of issue: 01.02.2018

The Bundeskartellamt has published a paper on online advertising in its series of papers on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy". The paper describes the development of online advertising from a simple banner to the diverse advertising products available today, classifies the most common types of online advertising and explains the importance of online advertising as an economic sector. Current issues which are of relevance to this sector and may have an impact on competition processes are also outlined in the paper.

Link to the current publication: "Online advertising" in the series of papers on the digital economy

EU Commission: Swedish intention to impose a ban on alcohol advertising on two UK broadcasters is not compatible with EU rules

Source: EU Commission
Related policies Audiovisual & Media Services Supporting media and digital culture The European Commission has decided, on the basis of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), that the Swedish intention to impose their ban on alcohol advertising on two broadcasters based in the UK and broadcasting in Sweden is not compatible with EU law.
The AVMSD is based on the principle of the country of origin, according to which broadcasters are subject solely to the rules of the Member State where they are established, including when they broadcast to other EU countries. The AVMSD does not prohibit alcohol advertising, but allows Member States to apply stricter rules, including a full ban, on broadcasters under their jurisdiction. Such a ban exists in Sweden.

In order to impose such a ban on the UK broadcasters, Sweden should have demonstrated, under the specific procedure contained in Article 4 of the AVMS directive, that the broadcasters in question e…

Collective Rights Management: EU Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice and closes eight cases

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Brussels, 25 January 2018 The European Commission decided today to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to notify complete transposition (partial non-transposition) of EU rules on collective management of copyright and related rights, and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use (Directive 2014/26/EU) into national law. The Commission is calling on the Court to impose financial penalty to Poland - € 87 612.00 per day. Member States had to transpose the Directive into national law by 10 April 2016. Moreover, the Commission has decided to close the so-called "lack of notification" infringement cases against eight countries: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Latvia and Portugal, which were opened for failure to notify to the Commission the national measures transposing the Collective Rights Management Directive in national law. These cases related to the lack of implementing me…

Unverbindliche Kurzinfo zum heutigen EuG-Urteil zur Markenanmeldung Fack Ju Göhte

Das Gericht der Europäischen Union (EuG) hat am heutigen Mittwoch, dem 24. Januar 2018, sein Urteil in der Rechtssache T-69/17 (Constantin Film Produktion GmbH / Amt der Europäischen Union für geistiges Eigentum [EUIPO]) zu der Frage verkündet, ob das EUIPO es zu Recht abgelehnt hat, das Wortzeichen Fack Ju Göhte als Unionsmarke für verschiedene Waren und Dienstleistungen des laufenden täglichen Verbrauchs einzutragen, da es gegen die guten Sitten verstoße.
Die nachfolgende − unverbindliche − Kurzzusammenfassung dieses Urteils soll allein Ihrer persönlichen Information dienen. Für eine Berichterstattung über das Urteil, insbesondere für Zitate, stützen Sie sich bitte ausschließlich auf das im Anhang beigefügte Urteil selbst. Bitte beachten Sie, dass es sich hierbei um eine vorläufige Fassung handelt. Die verbindliche Urteilsfassung wird in Kürze in der amtlichen Sammlung der Rechtsprechung veröffentlicht. 
Im April 2015 meldete Constantin Film, die die Filmkomödie „Fack Ju Göhte“ produz…

EuG: Markenstreit um Fack Ju Göhte - Urteil des Gerichts in der Rechtssache T-69/17 Constantin Film Produktion / EUIPO - Mittwoch, 24. Januar 2018

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 EUIPOR 2205/2015‑5). Gegen diese Ablehnung hat Constantin Film Klage beim Gericht der Europäischen Union erhoben, das heute sein Urteil verkündet.
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European Commission blocks Austrian regulator from introducing measures, which would unduly favour the national broadcaster

15 January 2018
Related policies Telecom LawsImproving connectivity and accessSupporting media and digital culture
Following a two months indepth investigation the European Commission today required the Austrian broadcasting regulator (KommAustria) to withdraw plans for continued regulation of the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting transmission in Austria, as such plans would place the national radio broadcaster (ORF) at an undue competitive advantage over other broadcasters. The Austrian broadcasting regulator KommAustria proposed to the Commission, to continue regulating the market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting. KommAustria states that the market situation is largely unchanged since it last assessed the market in 2013. The Commission is particularly concerned by the fact that despite the lack of competitive developments in Austria under the current regulatory regime, KommAustria proposed to impose a practically unchanged set of …