From: Jonathan H
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2016 07:52
On the iPlayer site it says (my emphasis)
"To watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, *or* to watch
or download BBC programmes on iPlayer when you're in the UK, the
Channel Islands or the Isle of Man".
Have you or anyone else asked OFCOM what it means?
This article says it does not apply to radio programmes or S4C.
Is that right? Where in the legislation does it say that? As far as I can
see a licence is now needed to listen to or download BBC radio programmes
using iPlayer (and probably podcasts as well) , but I can't be sure because
it is so badly drafted.
There is an amendment s368(3) of the Communications Act 2003.
The difficulty is that there have been a huge number of amendments to s368
which have not yet been incorporated in legislation.gov.uk. They may be in
Halsbury's Statutes. I haven't yet checked. They relate to all sorts of
things including children's programmes and electronic cigarettes. The
amendments relating to Guernsey and Jersey do not help clarity.
Without a fully annotated copy of the section including all the amendments
which are in force, it is impossible to construe it.
I have not heard any suggestion that the change was intended to cover radio
programmes. Perhaps we should all write to our MPs to ask what they
intended the change to mean.
Since writing this I have come across this.
I have also seen amendments to it. It may be that a radio programme is
outside the definition, "its principal purpose is the provision of
programmes the form and content of which are comparable to the form and
content of programmes normally included in television programme services".
What about programme web sites?
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