European Parliament adopts revised copyright rules to increase cross-border access to TV and radio programmes
Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament have today welcomed the approval of new legislation aimed at increasing cross-border access to TV and radio programmes by simplifying the mechanisms of clearance of rights for copyright relevant acts. The legislation adopted today complements the existing Satellite and Cable Directive, whose aim is to facilitate cross-border satellite broadcasting and retransmission by cable.
The new Directive will increase consumers' access to more TV and radio programmes originating in other EU Member States without however undermining the contractual freedom of right holders. The wider scope of the principle of mandatory collective management of rights will facilitate the process of clearance of rights, while taking into account new modes of retransmission. In addition, the new provisions on direct injection will ensure legal certainty for distributors, broadcasters and right holders.
ALDE Group shadow rapporteur Jean-Marie Cavada MEP commented after the vote today:
"I welcome the adoption of this important legislation, which will improve the cross-border distribution of TV and radio programmes online and protect the creative industry in Europe."
" While protecting Europe's creators, easier access to TV and radio programmes via the internet is also a priority for Liberals and Democrats and our efforts to complete the Digital Single Market,."
"I am confident that the new rules on direct injection will put an end to the existing ambiguity regarding the liability of broadcasters and distributors. Therefore, right holders will enjoy legal certainty and transparency."
"Facilitating the digital retransmission of TV and radio programmes originating in other Member States will address obstacles to broadcast content for the benefit of European consumers."