EU High Court Says TV Networks Can Bar Online Rebroadcasts

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 3:33 PM EST) -- The European Union’s highest court on Thursday handed a sharp rebuke to TVCatchup Ltd., which rebroadcasts live streams of free-to-air television over the Internet, finding that broadcasters are within their rights to prohibit such retransmissions.

The European Court of Justice found that pursuant to a 2001 EU copyright law, TVCatchup’s online rebroadcasts constitute communications of a broadcaster’s protected works to the public, and as such, each retransmission must be individually authorized by the broadcaster, or "author."

“EU law seeks to establish a high level of protection...
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