p2pnet view P2P | TV:- Britain’s Channel 4 wants the UK government to “rewrite the law so that online services would be barred from re-transmitting TV channels without a paid license”, says paidContent.
Indies such as Zattoo and TVCatchup argue “Sections 73 and 73A of the UK Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988, which allowed ‘cable’ operators to re-transmit channels, also lets online operators re-air the channels, on which many such services place their own advertising”, it says, continuing >>>
Swiss-based IPTV app Zattoo had publicly argued a Section 73 defence for re-airing UK TV channels, but caved last year and yanked the channels.
Channel 4 and Channel 5 are currently taking TV streamer TVCatchup to court for re-airing their channels, though TVCatchup says Section 73 is not the basis of its defence, according to Out-Law.
Meanwhile, says the story, “the 2009 addition to the Communications Act “appears to replicate or supersede the Copyright Act’s similar provision, stating:
‘”The channel … is at all times offered as available (subject to the need to agree terms) to be broadcast or distributed by means of every appropriate network’, whereby ‘appropriate network’ means an electronic communications network by means of which public electronic communications services are provided that are used by a significant number of end-users as their principal means of receiving television programmes’.”
paidContent – Channel 4 Asks UK Government To Outlaw Online Re-Transmission, March 18, 2011
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