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Controlling Access to Content: Regulating Conditional Access in Digital Broadcasting

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ISBN13: 9789041123459
ISBN: 9041123458
Published: June 2005
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £107.00



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Control of access to content has become a vital aspect of many business models for modern broadcasting and on-line services. Using the example of digital broadcasting, the author reveals the resulting challenges for competition, broadcasting, and telecommunications. "Controlling Access to Content" explores the relationship between electronic access control, freedom of expression and functioning competition.

It scrutinizes the interplay between law and technique, and the ways in which broadcasting, telecommunications, and general competition law are inevitably interconnected. European law has widely harmonised the way conditional access is regulated in the Member States of the European Union. The author comments in detail on the relevant rules in European Court of Justice and the European Commission in its function as watchdog of European competition law.

The relevant provisions in European broadcasting law, such as the right to short reporting and the so-called list of important events, are discussed extensively, as are the conditions that overrule the free-TV culture that was the essence of traditional broadcasting law. The broad and systematic screening of the existing regulatory framework makes this book an essential resource for all those who are concerned with the electronic control of access to content.

With its in-depth analysis and explicit conclusions, "Controlling Access to Content" amply supplies the crucial understanding of this complex field that policy makers, regulators, and academics require. It investigates the implications of electronic access control, digitalization, and convergence for broadcasting, as well as the effects of the regulatory framework on innovation, competition, and consumer access to content. It demonstrates clearly at which points the chosen approach could backfire and generate undesirable side effects, and what lessons can be learned from the pay-TV case for other digital service sectors.

Using many examples, the author explains for lawyers, consumer and industry representatives the main lines of the regulatory framework that apply to access-controlled broadcasting, how their interests are affected, and what changes the future might bring.

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Subjects:
Internet Law, Media and Entertainment Law
Contents:
1. Controlling access to content
2. Access-controlled broadcasting and the free flow of information
3. Conditional access and general competition law
4. Conditional access and telecommunications law
5. Summary and conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Series: Information Law Series

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Published June 2014
Kluwer Law International
£148.00
Variable Scope of the Exclusive Economic Rights in Copyright ISBN 9789041149152
Published May 2014
Kluwer Law International
£140.00
Codification of European Copyright Law: Challenges and Perspectives ISBN 9789041141453
Published December 2012
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£127.00
£95.00
Copyright Enforcement and the Internet ISBN 9789041133465
Published November 2010
Kluwer Law International
£108.00
Public Broadcasting and European Law ISBN 9789041125002
Published May 2008
Kluwer Law International
£108.00
Copyright, Limitations and the Three-step Test ISBN 9789041122674
Published January 2004
Kluwer Law International
£107.00
£95.00
Data Protection Law: Approaching Its Rationale, Logic and Limits ISBN 9789041198709
Published August 2002
Kluwer Law International
£141.00
The Commodification of Information
ISBN 9789041198761
Published July 2002
Kluwer Law International
£158.00
Copyright Limitations and Contracts ISBN 9789041198679
Published February 2002
Kluwer Law International
£128.00
Copyright and Electronic Commerce
Edited by: Hugenholtz
ISBN 9789041197856
Published April 2000
Kluwer Law International
£126.00
Intellectual Property and Information Law: Essays in Honour of Herman Cohen Jehoram ISBN 9789041197023
Published January 1999
Kluwer Law International
£146.00
From Privacy Toward a New Intellectual Property Right in Persona ISBN 9789041103550
Published February 1997
Kluwer Law International
£158.00
The Future of Copyright in a Digital Environment
ISBN 9789041102676
Published July 1996
Kluwer Law International
£123.00
Challenges to the Creator Doctrine
ISBN 9789065448767
Published August 1994
Kluwer Law International
£93.00
Copyright and Photographs: An International Survey ISBN 9789041197221
Published December 0002
Kluwer Law International
£158.00