EC public consultation on the review of the EU Satellite and Cable Directive

On 24 August 2015, the European Commission opened a public consultation on the review of the EU Directive 93/83/EEC of 27 September 1993 on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission (“Cable and Satellite Directive”; here). The official press release is available here.

The consultation focuses on the functioning of the Cable and Satellite Directive and its possible extension to certain online transmissions. It follows the Commission's Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe, which states that “the Commission will review the Satellite and Cable Directive to assess the need to enlarge its scope to broadcasters' online transmissions and the need to tackle further measures to ensure enhanced cross-border access to broadcasters' services in Europe.”

According to the Commission's website, the aim of the consultation questionnaire (which is available in English, French and German) is twofold:

i. First, to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules against the evaluation criteria set out in the Better Regulation Guidelines.
ii. Second, to seek views on a possible extension of the Cable and Satellite Directive in the light of market and technological developments, with the objective of contributing to the Digital Single Market Strategy.

Submissions can be made (in any EU language) by 16 November 2015.