Cable Europe flags need for streamlined copyright clearance for Content Portability to work

Cable Europe flags need for streamlined copyright clearance for Content Portability to work
30/03/2018 Carol Ward

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Brussels, 30th March 2018: From 1st April, European consumers will reap the benefits of the new Content Portability Regulation. This means that it will be possible to temporarily take your subscription to live sport or a favourite TV show with you when travelling abroad in the EU. This is a direct benefit to consumers flowing from the Digital Single Market Strategy, and Cable Europe welcomes this milestone achievement.

However, it’s not the whole story. In order to fulfill the promise of the portability regulation, the service provider needs to have acquired a range of content rights. Crucially, this includes the out-of-home rights which allow a customer to watch a TV show online when away from his home.

Under today’s legislative framework, cable operators may not be able to provide the full range of portability services because of the complexities surrounding copyright clearance for “online” content.

The draft SatCab regulation (1), which is currently being examined by the European Parliament and Council, holds the key for this to happen. There is an urgent need to improve the legal framework for the licensing of TV programmes, and to take the opportunity to present a coherent framework in the interests of European citizens.

Cable Europe calls upon both the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure that the SatCab regulation delivers the necessary streamlining of online copyright clearance, for the benefit and enjoyment of all European consumers.

(1) Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the exercises of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes.


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Cable Europe is the trade association that connects leading broadband cable TV operators and their national trade associations throughout the European Union. The regulatory and public policy activities of Cable Europe aim to promote and defend the industry’s policies and business interests at European and international level. The European cable industry provides high speed broadband internet, TV services, and telephony to more than 65.1 million homes in the European Union.


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Virginia Lee

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