ATO members:

TV4you violates the law

25.10.2014

The members of the Association of TV Organizations (ATO) are convinced that offering the TV4you application without the consent of television broadcasters whose programmes are made publicly available through the application is an obvious and serious violation of their rights following from the Copyright and Broadcasting Act.

The Association of TV Organizations has noticed that since 15 October 2014 the TV4you mobile application has been offered to public on the web site www.tv4you.cz enabling live or delayed viewing of freely broadcasted TV programmes on smart devices running Android or iOS operating systems. According to law, this activity needs the consent of respective TV broadcasters. As far as the ATO is informed, its members have not received any request for such consent till now.

The violation of law by those offering the application is aggravated by the fact that they intend to attach additional advertisement to the illegally transmitted broadcasting. This could lead to the distortion of the people meter measurement results provided by the ATO for TV broadcast providers and for the media market. “Illegal activities connected with the TV4you service might cause material loss to ATO members,” the managing director of the ATO Vlasta Roškotová said.

The stand of TV broadcasters is unequivocally supported by the case-law of the European Court of Justice that has recently dealt with a similar case.

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