Australia’s film industry needs tax rebates to remain competitive as the nation’s remoteness and strong currency discourage big budget foreign productions, said Baz Luhrmann, director of “The Great Gatsby.”
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest maker of smartphones, pledged to avoid legal injunctions in Europe for key phone patents as it sought to end a European Union antitrust probe triggered by a dispute with Apple Inc.
As film pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. exits bankruptcy with a strategy to abandon regular consumers, Photo-Me International Plc is going a different direction. The world’s largest photo-booth operator wants your dirty laundry.
After the payroll tax cut, the hottest issue animating Washington these days is online piracy. Legislation to curb overseas Internet sites that purvey pirated copies of movies, television shows and other creative content is steadily advancing.
European film directors and actors called for audiovisual works to be excluded from planned free- trade talks with the U.S., highlighting hurdles to an accord that would expand the world’s largest economic relationship.