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Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

08/11: Frances Haugen to MEPs: EU digital rules can be a game changer for the world - European Parliament 

The EU’s future Digital Services Act can set the global standards in transparency, oversight and enforcement, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told MEPs.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

04/11: Understanding the AVMSD and its new implications for national media law in Europe - European Audiovisual Observatory

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) is one of the keystones of media law in the European Union. It was thoroughly revised and extended in autumn 2018. The European Commission set the deadline for transposition into national legislation as being the 19 September 2020 but the process is still ongoing in a certain number of countries.

Copyright enforcement

12/11: Two-year sentence handed down to eBay fraudster - FACT

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards team, working in partnership with FACT, have secured a prosecution against an eBay user who was selling internet protocol television (IPTV) devices online. IPTV devices enable users to access broadcasts, such as sporting events and films, which would otherwise require a paid subscription.

Intellectual property rights

11/11: Intellectual property rights: strong protection needed for EU social and economic recovery - European Parliament

While intellectual property (IP) registrations are on the rise, the EU patent systems remain fragmented and gaps in enforcement still need to be addressed, according to MEPs.

12/11: European Commission and European Union Intellectual Property Office commit to closer collaboration on IP for effective exploitation of research results - European Commission

Last week, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) signed a letter of intent for co-operation on intellectual property (IP) management.


18 November: JURI committee meeting

22 November:  Second European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

25 November: Council common approach on the Digital Services Act

30 November: Adoption of Council conclusions on increasing the availability and competitiveness of European audiovisual and media content

1 December: IMCO committee meeting

1 and 2 December: CULT committee meeting

1 and 2 December: JURI committee meeting

8 December: GESAC conference - Rebuilding Europe with Culture

9 December: IMCO committee meeting + vote on the Digital Services Act report

9 December: JURI committee meeting

10 December: Third European Commission Stakeholders dialogue on access to and availability of audiovisual content across the EU

1 January 2022: French EU Presidency of the EU

25/26 January 2022: Presidency conference on AV in Angers

LJUBLJANA: Twenty years after the first films directed by women in Slovenia, “women are increasingly represented in a more balanced manner, especially as directors of debut films, TV films, short films, and as screenwriters,” Nika Gricar from the Slovenian Film Centre told the audience at the panel Women on the Go, presented during the Ljubljana Film Festival, which concludes on 21 November 2021.

JIHLAVA: The Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has announced that two-thirds of the audience of its hybrid 2021 edition were online viewers. The festival presented its physical edition 25 – 30 October 2021, following it with an online edition 1 – 14 November.

TRIESTE: When East Meets West (WEMW), the coproduction forum of the Trieste Film Festival which has a focus on production from CEE territories, has announced a series of workshops and labs taking place during the 23 – 28 January 2022 event. The topics covered include animation, documentary, distribution, VOD, and drama series.

BUCHAREST: Gabriel de Achim’s third feature film Snowing Darkness / Uneori ninge cu zăpadă, alteori cu întuneric will have its world premiere on 25 November 2021 in the international competition Rebels With A Cause at the 25th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (12-28 November 2021).

PRAGUE: The Karlovy Vary IFF has announced that it is replacing its second competition, East of the West, with a new competition under the name of Proxima.

BERLIN: The Hungarian production designer Márton Ágh will receive the European Production Design 2021 award from the European Film Academy at the European Film Awards, to be presented on 11 December 2021.

BUCHAREST: Dan Turturică has been approved by the Romanian Parliament as the new general manager of the Romanian public television (TVR). He is replacing acting general manager Ramona Săseanu, whose mandate expired on 29 October 2021.

TALLINN: TV Beats Forum will present eight series projects as part of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event’s new TV Beats co-financing market. The industry programme of the Tallinn Film Festival, which marks its 20th edition this year, runs 19 – 26 November 2021. TV Beats Forum will be held in person and online 19 and 20 November.