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July 07, 2006 | Glyn Wintle

EC want to regulate internet TV

The "TV Without Frontiers" directive is a proposed piece of European legislation that would mean that anything that appears to be television and travels over the internet is television, and therefore becomes subject to TV regulations.

The CBI, however, is unimpressed. "The European Commission seems to be ignoring the fact that opposition to the directive has been signed by the business associations of six other countries," says Jeremy Beales, the CBI's head of e-business. "The problem with this piece of legislation is that the EC has focused on television because that's all that they are interested in. Their motivation is to protect public service broadcasters and the TV industry with a catch-all piece of legislation that could affect huge numbers of websites because of a badly phrased piece of legislation."

It's TV, but not as we know it - The Guardian

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Comments (2)

  1. Robert (Jamie) Munro:
    Jul 07, 2006 at 02:18 PM

    The directive itself seems to be linked here:
    http://europa.eu.int/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=2343

  2. Sean Parsons:
    Jul 08, 2006 at 05:16 PM

    After an incident on the Oz Big Brother it appears that the idea has kicked off in Australia now as well:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,1813204,00.html



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