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The Commission investigation into pay TV services: open questions

Ibáñez Colomo, Pablo ORCID: 0000-0001-7019-0645 (2014) The Commission investigation into pay TV services: open questions. Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 5 (8). pp. 531-541. ISSN 2041-7764

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeclap/lpu083


In January 2014, the Commission launched an investigation into pay TV services in the context of a review of EU copyright rules and following the ruling in Murphy, where the ECJ held that exclusive territorial licensing agreements may be restrictive by object. Vice-President Almunia's statement expresses concerns with restraints limiting the passive sales of pay TV services and with the ‘portability’ of subscriptions across borders. The Commission envisions a form of cross-border competition between pay TV operators that is not easy to reconcile with the observable industry dynamics. It is not clear to what extent the suggested approach considers the ‘economic and legal context’ in which agreements between studios and broadcasters are concluded.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2014 13:55
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:02

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