Thursday, April 13, 2006

Video blogs face EU rules threat

Viviane RedingThe European commission is busy trying to misapply broadcasting regulations to the entirely different medium of the Internet. For once, the UK government is doing the right thing and trying to force amendments:

The European Commission wants to update the 17-year-old Television Without Frontiers Directive and include for the first time rules to govern “non-linear audio visual services” — video on demand and internet broadcasting.

The proposed rules for new media are intended to be light-touch, but would require commercial video bloggers and other video website owners to respect rules governing incite- ment to hatred and child protection. Ofcom, though, said that bringing video blogs into a regulatory net originally designed for traditional television broadcasters was excessive. Both the UK regulator and British ministers believe that Europe’s plans should not include internet content in their scope.

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