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

12 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2007  

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

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.

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

JEL Classification: K23

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=978703

Robin W. Wright (Contact Author)

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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Australia

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

Victoria 3010
Australia

Andrew T. Kenyon

University of Melbourne Law School ( email )

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Victoria, Victoria 3010
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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/cmcl/

Jason John Bosland

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia

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

Victoria 3010
Australia

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