Streaming Site TVCatchup Referred to EU Courts Over Re-Broadcasting Infringement

By Gary Cutlack on at

TV streaming site TVCatchup has had its case with UK broadcasters referred to the European Court of Justice, for a ruling on whether its relaying of TV broadcasts counts as an illegal "communication to the public."

If the site, which streams live TV broadcasts to desktop and mobile browsers, is found to be creating its own "communication to the public" by re-broadcasting TV, it could be open to a full complaint for copyright abuse by the consortium of UK broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, which are currently trying to shut it down.

TVCatchup itself is rather happy with the latest UK High Court ruling, though, claiming in its own take on events that the decision is a "substantial victory" for the site, claiming it'll take "several years" for the EU Court to put together any sort of binding resolution. [TVCatchup via The Register]