TVCatchup Does Break Copyright Rules -- Will Have to Ditch Channels to Continue

By Gary Cutlack on at

The ongoing legal case between some of the UK's big ad-funded TV networks and streaming site TVCatchup has come its latest conclusion, with the European court of Justice ruling that any streaming services must get permission from the original broadcaster to redistribute their feeds. And that's very unlikely to be granted.

This latest ruling in the case between ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has decided that the networks have the right to be known as the "authors" of the material they broadcast, and therefore have the right to decide who can serve up their content.

While TVCatchup itself seems relatively upbeat about the decision -- repeatedly claiming it's "going no where" [sic] on Twitter and releasing a very positive-sounding press release on the matter and the fact it's won previous rounds of this battle, the omens aren't good. In the long term, it's going to have to start removing channels to conform or face almost certain legal requests to comply.

Given that both sides seem to be claiming victory here, it might be best to read a summary of the actual ruling itself [PDF] before hammering out furious complaints. It's quite a complicated one. [Guardian]