Apple co-founder sues YouTube over bitcoin scam

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, is leading a lawsuit against YouTube for allowing people on the platform to use his likeness and name in Bitcoin scams. Wozniak is one of 17 plaintiffs named in a lawsuit that has been filed in the Superior Court of the State of California. It states that YouTube and […]

Over 700 fake Netflix websites appear in one week as scammers look to exploit pandemic

While streaming services are seeing record viewership as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, hackers are creating counterfeit sites to capitalise on the interest and potential confusion. According to security firm Mimecast, more than 700 websites impersonating Netflix appeared online between April 6 and Easter Sunday on April 12. Similarly, Disney+ saw four copycat […]

French constitutional court rules ad tax illegal but CNC avoids payback

France’s Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), which dispenses public support for content creation in the country, has avoided having to pay back over €500 million to commercial channels’ advertising arms after the constitutional court ruled that a tax on advertising revenues to support content was unconstitutional. The Conseil Constitutionnel ruled that […]

Canal+ strikes deal with collecting society after long dispute

Vivendi-owned pay TV operator Canal+ has struck an agreement with rights collecting agency SACEM, which music rightsholders in France, concerning the payment of rights for works used on its channels and services. Canal+ said that it had agreed to pay SACEM all the fees due for 2017, while SACEM had agreed to end its legal […]

Canal+ defends rights payment freeze as collecting societies take action

Canal+ has defended its refusal to pay rights fees demanded by French collecting societies following a dispute that has lasted several months, leading to major legal battle between the pay TV operator and four of the main societies. Four leading collecting societies – SACD, SACEM, SCAM and ADAGP – filed a lawsuit with the Paris […]

Orange strikes mobile TV deal with collecting societies

Orange France has struck a new deal with rights-holders collecting societies ADAGP, SACD, SACEM and SCAM covering the distribution of TV programmes via ADSL, fibre optic networks, satellite and, for the first time, mobile TV. Pascal Rogard, director-general of SACD, said that the agreement was important not only because it set the terms for the […]

CSA cracks down on interruption of programme credits

French media regulator the CSA has established a framework agreement setting out rules about the way forthcoming TV programmes are trailed during shows currently on air. The new rules will restrict the ability of broadcasters to overlay information before the end of a currently airing show. The agreement was signed by CSA president Michel Boyon, […]

SCAM calls for increase in licence fee, reform of COSIP

French content creators society SCAM has called for an increase in the licence fee to finance France Télévisions and end uncertainty over the public broadcaster’s future. The SCAM has called for an increase of €5 per household for 2013 and above inflation increases of €3 per year for each of the four years thereafter. SCAM […]