Google has come out on top in the Spanish courts after a copyright case brought by broadcaster Telecinco was thrown out, reports The Guardian. Telecinco had argued that the search giant's YouTube video-sharing site should be held responsible for copyrighted material that has been uploaded onto the YouTube platform.
Not on your Neelie... European telecom bosses appear to be none too thrilled by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes's proposals for the regulation of next-generation broadband, reports the Financial Times. The Digital Agenda Commissioner wants the larger operators to offer competitors cheap access to their networks, just as they do over copper. (See Europe's 'Digital Oxygen' and Euronews: Sept. 21.)
UK telecom regulator Ofcom looks as if it may be more than a little singed by the British government's threatened "Bonfire of the Quangos." The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) reports that a hitlist of the quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations) that may either get the chop completely, or be drastically shrunk to help reduced the national debt, indicates that Ofcom will be merged with postal regulator Postcomm and "subject to substantial reform."
Nervous times for Polish mobile operators, says Mobile Business Briefing, citing Warsaw Business Journal, as the country's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, UOKiK, has indicated that Poland's big four -- Orange, Era, Plus, and Play -- could be facing a fine of 2.5 billion Polish zloty ($843 million) between them when UOKiK completes its investigation into alleged price fixing.