Online radio and news broadcasts: Parliament and Council reach deal

Broadcast News

(Unsplash, 2018)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


EP negotiators agreed on Thursday with Council on new rules facilitating online broadcasting of current affairs and radio programmes across the EU.

The agreement includes mechanisms to facilitate the clearance of copyright and related rights of radio and TV content for cross-border digital broadcast and retransmissions. The new rules should provide for a wider distribution of news and current affairs programmes and promote access to information.
Copyright clearance
According to the new rules, broadcasting organisations that want to transmit their services cross-border would need to clear copyright and related rights only in their EU country of establishment (known as the “country of origin” principle). Currently, this needs to be done for each member state of broadcast.
Parliament and Council agreed that these rules will only apply to radio or TV news and current affairs programmes, fully financed own productions of the broadcasting organisations, meaning broadcasters could make their content available online in other countries at the same time as their broadcast or as catch-up services. Sport events are excluded.
Quote
“Given very different positions of both co-legislators at the beginning, it is definitely positive that today, both co-legislators, managed to find a compromise wording and were able to reach a basic agreement on political level. Parliament had a clear priority to defend the principle of territoriality which in our view is still very important and needs to be implemented” said Legal Affairs committee rapporteur Pavel Svoboda (EPP, CZ).

Next steps
Council, the Legal Affairs Committee and the full House will have to formally endorse the agreement before it enters into force.
Background
In 1993, the Satellite and Cable Directive (usually referred as the SatCab Directive) was introduced to facilitate cross-border broadcasting services by satellite and cable retransmission of programmes within the EU. This legislation harmonises national provisions concerning the right of communication to the public by satellite and the right of retransmission by cable. However, broadcasters face practical difficulties with the acquisition of rights for cross-border online services, which are more and more in demand, especially among young audiences.
Due to the principle of territoriality, broadcasters transmitting online TV and radio programmes need to clear the rights for the relevant territories in order to make their services available across borders. This process is complex and costly, as authorisation needs to be obtained from a multitude of rightsholders quickly. As a result, broadcasters often make their content available in a single member state and put geo-blocking measures in place.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Brexit is happening now but the UK hasn’t really assessed the impact of a “no-deal” divorce

‘Humiliation was the worst’; Holocaust survivor at UN, asks world to act with ‘empathy and compassion’

Attack on UN compound in Somalia may be ‘violation of international humanitarian law’

The metamorphosis of the categorical imperative in medical students

Crisis hit countries cut down public spending on education

Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for ‘dialogue, tolerance and peace’: Guterres

ECB intervenes to clean May’s and Schäuble’s mess

More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief

Pledging ongoing UN support during visit to cyclone-hit areas, Guterres praises resilience of Mozambicans

Parliament boosts consumer rights online and offline

How microfinance develops decent work

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure ‘path towards durable peace’: UN chief

3 ways governments and carmakers can keep up with the future of transport

Instability in Africa’s Sahel, spreading outwards, Security Council told

Central African Republic: UNICEF outlines key actions so fresh peace deal can make real difference for children

5 surprising ways major cities are going green

Why today’s leaders need to know about the power of narratives

My Mothers

Girls hold the key to Zambia’s future

The Parliament accuses core EU countries of exploiting their dominant political position

A European Discovers China: 3 First Impressions

Back to school: Schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to EU programme

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of GrandVision by EssilorLuxottica

What wealth managers can learn from family dynamics

Mountains matter, especially if you’re young, UN declares

This wristband tells you what food to buy based on your DNA

UN agency chiefs issue ‘call to action’ on behalf of refugee children

Digital development: technology-enabled, but human-centric

External action: more funds for human rights, development and climate change

A Sting Exclusive: the EU referendum is about fighting for an outward-looking Britain

Does Indonesia have the world’s most complicated elections?

A poor kid died just now. Do you know why?

How fixing broken food systems can help us meet all the SDGs

Do doctors need to know their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity?

Liaison Officer – 2020

As human caravan moves through Mexico, ‘full respect’ needed for national control of borders: UN chief

Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

Why it’s good to turn your colleagues into friends

The eight types of AI you should know about

‘Brutal weather’ continues as Rohingya refugee children endure devastating rainfall in Bangladesh

Half of Eurozone in deflation expecting salvation from monetary measures

The 10 most common types of plastic choking Europe’s rivers

Drowning in the Mediterranean this summer? Many happy returns

FROM THE FIELD: Green shoots of peace in South Sudan

How the EU crisis hit countries saved the German and French mega-banks from bankruptcy and still pay the costs

UN condemns deadly attack on Burkina Faso church

Are you breathing plastic air at home? Here’s how microplastics are polluting our lungs

Europe plans to send satellites into space to monitor CO2 emissions

At UN, Middle East countries discuss steps towards regional nuclear-free zone

Brussels terrorist attacks: Schengen in danger once again while leaders gather Europe’s multiple broken pieces

Five things everybody needs to know about the future of Journalism

Students in Milan are moving in with the elderly to fight loneliness and save money

Romania: MEPs are deeply concerned about judicial independence and rule of law

The Commission breathless behind the horsemeat scandal

Can indoor farming feed the world?

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation

A new arrangement between Eurozone’s haves and have-nots

Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention

Plastic is a global problem. It’s also a global opportunity

Niger population’s suffering ‘increasing with each passing month’: UN Refugee Agency

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s