The EU Commission fines €7.8 billion six video games manufacturers for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)

Over the course of less than two months, in late 2020 and early 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Commission (Commission) issued two decisions with diametrically opposed effects on the licensing and business model of copyrighted content across the EEA. However, the two decisions are in no way in conflict with each other. On December 9, 2020, the CJEU issued a landmark judgement in case C-132/19 P (Canal + v. Commission), reversing a previous ruling of the General Court (GC) and ultimately annulling the decision of July 26, 2016 by which the Commission accepted commitments offered by Paramount to drop geo-blocking restrictions in its EEA licensing agreements with broadcasters, thus ending the antitrust investigation in Case AT.40023 (Cross-border

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  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)
  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)

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Enzo Marasà, Irene Picciano, The EU Commission fines €7.8 billion six video games manufacturers for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax), 20 January 2021, e-Competitions March 2021, Art. N° 100214

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