Territorial restrictions in media content licensing – lessons from the Paramount commitments decision
The European Commission's battle against territorial restrictions in media content licences continues on a number of fronts. One of those is an investigation launched in January 2014 into whether a number of US film studios, including Disney, NBC Universal, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros, and Paramount, have infringed EU competition law by including territorial restrictions in pay TV deals with Sky.
Hutchison's attempted takeover of Telefonica's O2 mobile network in the UK was blocked today (11 May 2016) by the European Commission. Although widely predicted, this decision is the first outright prohibition by the Commission of a 4-to-3 mobile merger in Europe.