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The EU Commission fines several film companies for implementing territorial, consumer and online sales restrictions through merchandising licence agreements (NBC Universal)

On 30 January 2020, the European Commission (‘the Commission’) announced its decision to fine several film companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal LLC (‘Universal’), €14,327,000 for the implementation of territorial, consumer and online sales restrictions through their merchandising license agreements. Following an investigation into Universal’s licensing practices, the Commission found that it had participated in a single and continuous restriction of competition by object under Article 101 TFEU by restricting sales of film merchandise products across territories and consumer groups. The Parties NBCUniversal LLC is a US holding company wholly owned by Comcast Corporation. The group owns various motion picture and TV production companies all over the world and

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Anna Grümmer, Maxime Tecqmenne, The EU Commission fines several film companies for implementing territorial, consumer and online sales restrictions through merchandising licence agreements (NBC Universal), 30 January 2020, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 94655

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