Video on newspaper website could fall under AVMS Directive

The ECJ has ruled that the concept of a programme within the Audiovisual Media Services Directive includes video under the sub-domain of a newspaper website.

The ruling of the ECJ differs from that of the Advocate General in his earlier opinion in the case, which was that neither the website of a daily newspaper containing audiovisual material nor any section of that website constitutes an audiovisual media service within the meaning of the Directive.

Newspaper and magazine website owners may want to reconsider the integration between any video sections of their site and the text-based sections in the light of this judgment.

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