OFT guidance on magazine and newspaper distribution

OFT guidance (114 pages, PDF) on competition law compliance for newspaper and magazine distribution arrangements, particularly absolute territorial protection for regional distributors. The paper focuses on the application of the UK Competition Act 1998 equivalent of Article 81(3) to the agreements providing that protection. This is the OFT's response to a 2004 request by publishers and distributors for a block exemption, following a long and tortuous process. The OFT's last public consultation on this opinion/guidance took place in 2006.

The OFT's suggestion is that restrictions on newspaper distribution might be justified, but restrictions on magazine distribution might not be.

The OFT also proposes to:

Anyone craving more OFT prose on the subject will also enjoy its overview (48 pages, PDF).

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Article 81, Media, OFT.

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