04 Jun: Questions and Answers – Directive on television and radio programmes

(Source: European Commission)

What were the challenges for online transmission and retransmission of television and radio programmes that the new Directive on television and radio programmes is addressing?

Broadcasters are increasingly offering their broadcasts online (for instance through their simulcasting or catch-up services). However, such online programming often remained unavailable in other Member States, even if there was interest abroad to access it. The ‘clearance of rights’ for such uses can be particularly burdensome: a broadcaster needed to obtain authorisations from various rightholders, for different categories of works and other protected content, and separately for every Member State, where the …