#media #piracy #copyright – AUSTAR takeover amidst piracy allegations a regulation blunder – Greens


AUSTAR takeover amidst piracy allegations a regulation blunder – Greens

Media release: Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, April 10th, 2012

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said “the ACCC should have delayed its decision on the impacts of the proposed acquisition of AUSTAR by FOXTEL in light of the allegations of commercial piracy levelled against News Corp subsidiary NDS”.

“The competition impacts of the takeover were troubling enough, and were made infinitely more troubling by the piracy allegations.”

“This takeover will exacerbate the one-way trend towards monopoly in Australia’s pay-TV sector, and the ACCC should have put any decision on hold until these serious allegations against News Corp entities are resolved.”

“I wrote to the ACCC on March 28th to request a hold on the decision and asked that the ACCC review all relevant material pertaining to the allegations of commercial piracy by News Corp against rival subscription television vendors before coming to a conclusion on the proposed $1.9billion takeover. On that same day it was revealed that the Australian Federal Police are assisting

UK police investigating the News Corporation phone hacking scandal.”

“Regardless of the court-enforceable undertakings from FOXTEL designed to limit the acquisition’s negative impacts on competition, the gravity of the pay-TV piracy allegations should have put the decision on hold until they are resolved.”

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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