Television as Something Special? Content Control Technologies and Free-to-Air Tv

28 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2006

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Andrew T. Kenyon

University of Melbourne Law School

Robin W. Wright

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

Abstract

Many areas of digital communication, including digital television, raise concerns about unauthorised reuse of content. Proposals exist in the United States and Europe for applying content control technologies to free-to-air digital television to limit the reuse of broadcast content. These proposals have implications for regulatory options, and for the social and cultural position of television in countries such as Australia. Each proposal also demonstrates the importance of current issues in copyright reform for questions of media law and policy. By examining the history and current status of the broadcast flag in the United States and the Content Protection and Copy Management standard being developed in Europe, this article suggests that Australian regulators are likely to face similar calls for action on digital broadcast content and explains some of the possible regulatory choices regarding the transmission and the reception of digital free-to-air content. As with the United States' and European plans, the choices made in relation to television may have wider implications for digital networked communications and the evolution of a diverse media environment.

Keywords: digital tv, free-to-air, content control, policy, law, media

JEL Classification: K23

Suggested Citation

Kenyon, Andrew T. and Wright, Robin W. and Wright, Robin W., Television as Something Special? Content Control Technologies and Free-to-Air Tv. Melbourne University Law Review, Vol. 30, Vol. 2, 2006, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 198, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=946851

Andrew T. Kenyon (Contact Author)

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Robin W. Wright

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Centre for Media and Communications Law ( email )

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Australia

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