2013 March

European Court’s ruling in TVCatchup case: Broadcasters can prohibit unauthorised internet streaming

On 7 March, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in the TVCatchup case that the unauthorised streaming of a broadcaster’s programmes contravenes the broadcaster’s copyright.  The ECJ noted that broadcasters have a right to authorise each and every “communication to the public” of their protected works.  The ECJ stated that it makes no difference to this finding that the intended public can receive the broadcaster’s service on free-to-air television or that the streamed service is being provided by a non-profit making entity.  This judgment enables broadcasters and right-holders to prohibit unauthorised streaming of broadcasts over the internet.


Benoît Keane presents at Irish Presidency of the EU sports conference on sustainable financing of sport

On 7 March, Benoît Keane spoke on sports rights and the sustainable financing of sport at a conference organised by the Irish Presidency of the European Union in Dublin.  The event was held by the Irish Presidency as part of its ambitious programme to place the sustainable financing of sport at the core of EU sports policy.

Welcoming the Irish Presidency’s initiative, Benoît Keane outlined the crucial role played by sports rights to the financing of professional and grass roots sport. He emphasised though that good governance also plays a key role for the sustainable financing of sport.


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