Month: April 2003

The privacy and electronic communications directive

The Privacy Directive emerged out of the European Commission’s 1999 review of the electronic communications regulatory regime and its provisions are intended to complement those of the Telecoms Data Protection Directive.  The objective of the Privacy Directive is to ensure that the rules which currently apply to phone and fax services will be extended to …   Read more

More regulation of the pay TV market is bad news for sports rights holders

Much to regulators’ dismay, the Pay TV market in Europe just will not behave like a market should. Instead it tends towards monopoly in all member states. After Spain and the UK, Italy is the latest to come under the control of a single operator with the recently announced clearance of the proposed acquisition by …   Read more

Eddie Irvine’s false endorsement damages increased

The Court of Appeal yesterday dramatically increased the passing off damages payable by Talksport to the F1 racing driver Eddie Irvine, raising them from the £2,000 awarded by the High Court last year to £25,000. As reported in our early warnings of March and May 2002, Talksport had used a manipulated image of Irvine holding …   Read more