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FTC seeks restraining order to prevent Microsoft from ‘consummating’ the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard

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The Federal Trade Commission ( FTC) has filed a motion with the US District Court for the Northern district of California, San Francisco Division to enter a temporary restraining order and grant a preliminary injunction enjoining Microsoft and Activision Blizzard from "consummating their proposed acquisition or a similar transaction."

The filing said the move was "necessary because Microsoft and Activision have represented that they may consummate the Proposed Acquisition at any time without...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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FTC and 17 states file competition lawsuit against Amazon for dominant position

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 17 state attorneys general have sued Amazon.com, alleging that the online retail and technology company is "a monopolist that uses a set of interlocking anticompetitive and unfair strategies to illegally maintain its monopoly power."

The 172-page complaint focuses on what is described as Amazon’s "ongoing pattern of illegal conduct [which] blocks competition, allowing it to wield monopoly power to inflate prices, degrade quality, and stifle innovation f...

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Canada’s rights society Re:Sound calls for an update to the Copyright Act

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Re:Sound, the Canadian not-for-profit neighbouring rights licensing company, has called on lawmakers in Ottawa "to take urgent action to update the Copyright Act to meet the realities of the 21st century."

The call was made by Lou Ragagnin, President & CEO of Re:Sound, alongside its members, Canadian artists and industry leaders, ahead of International Music Day on October 1. "We believe that all Canadian music creators deserve a sustainable and thriving industry to make a living," said ...

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The Philippines IPO and local DSPs sign a Memorandum of Understanding to block access to sites offering pirated content

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The IPO Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and ISPs operating in the country have signed a voluntary site-blocking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will lead ISPs to disable access to websites that offer unlicensed content.

The MOU, whose government signatories include the IPOPHL and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), represents the first voluntary site-blocking agreement in the Asia-Pacific region. The terms of the MoU will go into effect in 60 days. The MOU, and its un...

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