Magazine article Variety

Licensing Battle with E.U. Escalates

Magazine article Variety

Licensing Battle with E.U. Escalates

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THE ENTERTAINMENT industry's battle with the European Commission over territorial licensing is turning into a drawn-out war that continues to be the talk of many on the Croisette. And it isn't always clear who's winning.

Just a few days before Cannes opened, a European Parliament committee voted largely to accept the commission's proposal to let broadcasters buy rights to movies and TV for transmission throughout Europe on their catch-up and simulcast streaming services, as long as broadcasters have cleared rights in their home country.

The proposal was vigorously opposed by Hollywood and Europe's entertainment sector, which depend on local licensing for the bulk of their international business. On May 2, more than 400 trade organizations, companies and European film and TV executives, including the MPAA, addressed an open letter to E.U. governments arguing against the proposal. …

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