Wave goodbye to live TV live streaming
If you're a fan of watching television on your computer through sources that aren't iPlayer, 4oD and the like, then you may have some bad news. The sites that retransmit live television, according to a European court, are in breach of copyright.
Of course, you probably knew that if you've been watching football matches through hooky hook-ups, but this also means that sites such as TVCatchup are going to vanish if they don't get clearance from broadcasters.
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 made the case against TVCatchup and the ECJ decided the site was in breach of a 2001 law, which means those broadcasting spoilsports can clamp-down on it or get rid of the service altogether.
"EU law seeks to establish a high level of protection for authors of works, allowing them to obtain an appropriate reward for the use of those works," said the ECJ. "Television broadcasters may prohibit the retransmission of their programmes by another company via the internet.
"That retransmission constitutes, under certain conditions, a 'communication to the public' of works which must be authorised by their authors."
TVCatchup director, Bruce Pilley, is bullish about it all, saying that this ruling would impact "barely 30%" of its 12 million registered users, adding: "TVCatchup.com is here to stay, we are not thinly disguised purveyors of filth, we remain Europe's first and only legal internet cable service and the ECJ opinion affects only a handful of channels we carry."
TVC's full statement is here.