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Broadcast and Beyond: An Industry Snapshot of Content Control Technologies and Digital Television in Australia


Robin W. Wright


Swinburne University of Technology; University of Melbourne - Centre for Media and Communications Law

Andrew T. Kenyon


University of Melbourne Law School

Jason John Bosland


University of Melbourne; University of Melbourne - Centre for Media and Communications Law


U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 219

Abstract:     
Between March and September 2006, researchers at the Centre for Media and Communications Law (CMCL) interviewed 38 Australian television industry figures about their attitudes and experiences with regard to content control technologies for digital broadcasting. The interviews formed part of a three year research project into legal and technological mechanisms for controlling digital television content, which is funded by the Australian Research Council and encompasses questions in the fields of copyright law, media law and media policy.

The interviews explored issues such as content control for digital television broadcasts; viewer reuse of broadcast content; the interaction of technical and regulatory controls; and more general matters about the future of television in Australia. The aim was to gather a range of views from across the industry, including individuals employed within commercial, national, subscription and community broadcasting, external legal advisors, the production sector, industry organisations and regulators. Interviewees were asked for their individual, anonymous views and they appeared to provide frank responses. Interviewees certainly had a great deal of experience in the industry on which to draw: the median time they had spent working in the field was 15 years and the mean was more than 16 years.

This brief report outlines two related areas where information has been collected from the interviews: attitudes to content control technologies and viewer reuse of digital audiovisual content. Overall, the observations distilled here from industry professionals are largely consistent with points raised earlier in this project, such as the existence of varied industry attitudes to whether time-shifting for personal use should be allowed under Australian copyright law. But the snapshot from industry set out here will also provide a useful reference in more detailed future analysis of legal and policy issues concerned with digital television and content control in Australia.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: digital television, Australia, industry, content control, reuse

JEL Classification: K23

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Date posted: April 6, 2007  

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Wright, Robin W. and Kenyon, Andrew T. and Bosland, Jason John, Broadcast and Beyond: An Industry Snapshot of Content Control Technologies and Digital Television in Australia. U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 219. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=978703

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Robin W. Wright (Contact Author)
Swinburne University of Technology ( email )
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University of Melbourne - Centre for Media and Communications Law ( email )
Victoria 3010
Australia
Andrew T. Kenyon
University of Melbourne Law School ( email )
Victoria, 3010
Australia
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Jason John Bosland
University of Melbourne ( email )
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia
University of Melbourne - Centre for Media and Communications Law ( email )
Victoria 3010
Australia
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