European Court of Justice

TVPlayer calls for new OTT pubcaster rules

UK online TV service TVPlayer has called on the government to table a provision to enable OTT TV services to retransmit public broadcast channels. The move follows a European Court of Justice ruling that another online TV player, TVCatchUp, was in breach of copyright when it included UK public service channels in its offering without […]

European Court clarifies rules on Italian TV ad rates

In an case originally brought by Sky Italia, the European Court of Justice has said it is permissible for national legislators to set different advertising rules for pay TV and free-to-air services. The ECJ said it was permissible provided that the ad rules are “proportionate” and it has returned the matter to the Tribunale Administrativo […]

UK retransmission ruling is ‘significant moment’

A court ruling stating online ‘rebroadcaster’ illegally transmitted live UK terrestrial TV channels represents a “significant” moment in European broadcasting history, a broadcast law expert has said. Yesterday, Europe’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, ruled UK-based TVCatchup Ltd has infringed ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5’s copyright by transmitting live feeds of […]