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Hollywood Studios Fight Back as EU Attacks Content Curbs

  • 20th Century Fox, Sky and others try to sway EU against fines
  • EU holds three-day Brussels antitrust hearing on pay-TV case
Actor Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto in a scene from the 20th Century Fox film ‘X-Men: First Class'

Actor Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto in a scene from the 20th Century Fox film ‘X-Men: First Class'

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Hollywood studios including 20th Century Fox as well as pay-TV giant Sky Plc are seeking to stave off possible European Union fines as the bloc’s antitrust chief takes aim at curbs on where they sell content.

Regulators sent the companies a so-called statement of objections last year, attacking industry contracts that prevent people viewing movies and TV programs outside the country in which they are sold. Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Brothers unit, Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal Media, Sony Pictures and Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures also have the chance to rebuff EU arguments as a three-day hearing started Monday morning in Brussels.