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[FYI] (Fwd) Conditional Access Directive Adopted

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Date:          Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:15:17
To:            ecup-list@kaapeli.fi
From:          Barbara Schleihagen <Eblida@nblc.nl>
Subject:       Conditional Access Directive Adopted
Reply-to:      ecup-list@kaapeli.fi

Last week, the EU Internal Market Council has adopted the Directive on
conditional access services. The Directive will inter into force on
the day of publication in the Official Journal.

The Directive is intended to provide the necessary legal safeguards
that will encourage EU service providers to invest in this sector such
as pay TV, video requests, audio requests and electronic publishing
that rely on conditional access techniques (e.g. coding) for payment.
The Directive requires Member States to prohibit any commercial
activity which tries to provide free access to pay services. Service
providers that are affected by pirating will have the right to take
out injunctions and sue for damages, and will be able to request that
illegal equipment is seized and destroyed. Member States have 18
months to put the Directive into national law.

For further background information, please check also the EBLIDA Hot
News of October 1998, July 1998, and May 1998 at :

Best wishes,
Barbara Schleihagen

Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Hogan, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08
email: eblida@nblc.nl