After protest, disappointment, hand-wringing, and at times, sheer frustration, the European Commission has officially unveiled its full recommendation for combating piracy of live sports and musical events.
The European Commission begins with a broad overview of the value of live events and the problems faced by rightsholders when tackling pirate IPTV and similar unlicensed streaming services.
From a reference perspective, particularly related to specific challenges and various aspects of relevant law, the EC’s recommendation provides a great overview that makes for interesting reading. If explaining the illegal streaming problem had been the main aim, the document would receive solid marks. As a road map for solving tough issues in a short time frame, not so much.
Right from the very beginning it’s extremely clear that the EC understands almost every aspect of the challenges faced by rightsholders. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the report is…