EU Commission fines NBCUniversal €14.3 million for restricting sales of film merchandise products

The European Commission has fined several companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal LLC, (“NBCUniversal”) €14 327 000 for restricting traders from selling licensed merchandise within the European Economic Area (EEA) to territories and customers beyond those allocated to them. These restrictions concerned merchandise products featuring the Minions, Jurassic World and other images and characters from NBCUniversal’s films. The Commission has concluded that NBCUniversal’s illegal practices, which were in force for more than 6.5 years (from 1 January 2013 until 25 September 2019), partitioned the Single Market and prevented licensees in Europe from selling products cross-border and across customer groups, to the ultimate detriment of European consumers.

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