The EU Commission accepts commitments that correct passive sales restrictions caused by geo-blocking of audio-visual content (Paramount)

On 26 July 2016, the Commission made legally binding the commitments offered by Paramount Pictures (“Paramount”) as it considered that they adequately addressed its concerns regarding specific contractual clauses restricting passive sales. In July 2015, the Commission had expressed concerns that Paramount and Sky UK had breached the competition rules by entering into licensing agreements containing (i) clauses that required Sky UK to block access to Paramount’s films through its online pay-TV services (geo-blocking), or through its satellite pay-TV services to consumers

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Peter L'Ecluse, The EU Commission accepts commitments that correct passive sales restrictions caused by geo-blocking of audio-visual content (Paramount), 26 July 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 81176

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