European Court: Live-Streaming TV Broadcasts Is Illegal

Ruling asserts that original broadcasters have rights as "authors" over their content.

A court in Europe has stated that live-streaming TV events without getting permission from broadcasters is in breach of copyright. The European Court of Justice was ruling against a case brought by three U.K. broadcasters against streaming site, which streams free-to-air shows from British TV channels, but the decision means that all websites will have to get permission from the original broadcasters.

The ruling, which could well have landmark implications, recognizes the original broadcasters as "authors" of the programming, which gives them rights to say yes or no to live-streaming by other sites. The victorious broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5, will be allowed to "obtain an appropriate reward for the use of those works." Ching.

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  • ISPreview

    The Court of Justice does not decide the dispute itself, so it will have to go back to the UK's High Court. TVC say they then intend to argue that the OFCOM licences granted to ITV, Channel 4 & 5 do still include the relevant “minor subsidiary channels” and that if TV broadcasters argue different then “their inclusion in pay access platforms such as Virgin Media and BTVision would be in direct contravention of their PSB obligations.”


  • TVCatchup

    This is by far the worst reporting of this case to date as it is so bad it is libel. Come on guys at least do some research into the case as you are leaving yourself wide open here.