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March 17, 2010

Europe Pushes for Advanced Broadcasting System, Submits Copyright Plan

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

With all the controversy going on with the European public broadcaster debate, there has been quite a buzz about the future of the market overseas and its lackluster development to date.

And now, according to an article in the New York Times, European public broadcasters are calling on lawmakers to make it easier to offer their programming over the Internet.

Claiming that copyright practices restrict the broadcast companies capabilities to develop and expand new digital services, the advancement of European television capabilities are less likely to evolve. 

The proposals submitted to the European Broadcasting Union are efforts to push cross-border online video services, which haven’t developed as quickly than in the United States. 

According to Peter Weber, chairman of the broadcasting union’s legal and public affairs committee, the more you facilitate the system, the more likely it is that you will have content available transfunctionally.

In efforts to streamline a copyright system that requires broadcasters to obtain separate agreements from actors, directors, musicians and others if they want to use programs on the Internet, the group plans to present the proposals to the European Commission and the European Parliament on today, March 17. 

We’ll have to wait and see the outcome, but it looks like Europe is doing everything it can to advance the broadcast system in the country.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire