Opinion Released: Competition before Copyright

Advocate General Kokott’s Opinion in Murphy v Media Protection Services and FA Premier League v QC Leisure has just been released. Broadly speaking, the AG’s Opinion states that exclusivity agreements (where subscribers are not allowed to use foreign decoder cards to access broadcasts of football matches from outside of their territory) run counter to the free movement of services within the EU.
A press release summary of the Opinion may be found here.
A summary of the key questions referred to the ECJ may be found in our earlier post.
Check back for commentary on the Opinion from City University academics.

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