14 November 2006

EU - Britain kills attempt to regulate net video clips

In a statement of "general approach" before a vote in the EU assembly, the Council of Ministers bowed to pressure to limit government oversight to "TV-like" services on the web. That means Ofcom will regulate TV-style video downloads from major broadcasters, but not video clips on social networking websites. When it first objected, Ofcom had the support of only a handful of other EU member states, but it has since won them over. see Press Release of Council Meeting, Education, Youth and Culture, Brussels, 13 November 2006 and European Parliament Press Release following vote by Culture Committee Television in the digital age: MEPs adopt a new approach to product placement.