The EU Commission initiates a formal investigation into potentially anti-competitive restrictions in pay-TV licensing arrangements

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Murphy, round 2: does exclusive territorial licensing of pay-TV breach EU competition law?* According to a report in the Financial Times on 24 November 2013, the European Commission is on the verge of commencing a formal investigation into potentially anti-competitive restrictions in pay-TV licensing arrangements. Such an investigation could have significant ramifications for any owners of television rights in sports fixtures (or other content) who seek to maximise their revenues by licensing on an exclusive territorial basis. The last time similar issues came before the Court of Justice, a rights owner rather than the Commission was on the offensive. In Joined Cases C-403/08 and C-429/08, Football Association Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure, Murphy v Media Protection Services Ltd

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Tom Richards, The EU Commission initiates a formal investigation into potentially anti-competitive restrictions in pay-TV licensing arrangements, 13 January 2014, e-Competitions Parallel imports, Art. N° 66610

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