Greater control over content distribution a driver, not barrier says ACT

Editor | 19-12-2012

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), which represents the interests of the commercial broadcasting sector in Europe, has welcomed the European Commission’s proposed directive on content protection and innovation.
In its communication on “Content in the Digital Single Market”, the EC has proposed structured dialogue with stakeholders covering four issues: cross-border access and the portability of services; user-generated content and licensing; facilitating the deposit and online accessibility of films in the EU; and promoting efficient text and data mining.
Commenting on the announcement, Ross Biggam, director-general of the association whose members operate several hundred free-to-air and pay-TV channels, said: “We agree with the precise and detailed approach set out in the Communication…Far too often we hear unsubstantiated statements from outside the content industry that copyright is a barrier to digital innovation, and that content owners are failing to take full advantage of the rapidly emerging digital market-place.
“We are confident that a complete and independent examination of the EU audio-visual market will demonstrate the opposite: that greater control over the distribution of content is a driver, not barrier, for a strong European presence in the digital future; and that European broadcasters are enthusiastically embracing online distribution with literally hundreds of new digital services now available online to consumers across the EU”.