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As part of the Digital Single Market project, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council have reached agreement on copyright legislation for online and broadcast TV with nation states.

EC building 8 April 2017The EU says that the new rules will make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes available on their live TV or catch-up services online, and will simplify the distribution of more radio and TV channels by retransmission operators.

The EU calculates that just over two-fifths of Europeans watch TV online, the number is higher among the young generation with half of Europeans aged 15-24 viewing at least once a week. Among Europeans aged 15-45, 19% use online broadcasting services to watch TV series and films.

The agreed Principle Of The Country Of Origin (COO) Directive introduces the country of origin (COO) principle to facilitate the licensing of rights for certain programmes that broadcasters may wish to offer on their online services such as simulcasting, catch-up services and other services that complement main broadcasts. Broadcasters will be able to make TV news and current affairs programmes as well as their fully financed own productions, available online in all EU countries.

The directive also provides a mechanism to facilitate the licensing of rights in the case of retransmission of radio and TV programmes, which includes retransmission services provided over the internet under certain conditions. This measure is expected to contribute to a wider distribution of radio and TV channels. The new rules are also designed to ensure that right holders are adequately remunerated when their works are used in programmes transmitted through direct injection.

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel commented: “Today’s agreement is a double win for European’s cultural diversity: citizens will have better access to Europe’s rich content, and creators and authors will be adequately rewarded for their content.”