Hopefully this won’t give the FCC any ideas.
The European Commission is currently considering a proposal that would require any web site posting video to be licensed as a “television-like service”.
Which shows just how clueless their regulators are. Most web video sites not run by big media companies are trying to be anything but “television-like”.
At least there are some officials who understand what’s going on.
Mr Woodward [the Broadcasting Minister… as opposed to the Media Commissioner] is proposing a compromise that requires EU states to agree a new definition of what constitutes “television”. He said: “It’s common sense. If it looks like a TV programme and sounds like one then it probably is. A programme transmitted by a broadcaster over the net could be covered by extending existing legislation. But video clips uploaded by someone is not television. YouTube and MySpace should not be regulated.”
I suspect, however, those broadcasters probably don’t see it the same way.