Court of Justice rules that videos on newspapers' website can fall within AVMS Directive

On 21 October 2015, the European Court of Justice ruled that the video section of an online newspaper could be considered an audiovisual service and therefore may be regulated by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

The ECJ held that, in order to determine the principal purpose of a service offering videos in an online newspaper, the focus must be on whether the video subdomain service had content and form independent of the journalistic activity of the newspaper, and was not merely an "indissociable complement".

Country: EU

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: European Bodies

Tags: Audiovisual Media Services Directive, ECJ ruling, online newspaper, video section, Internet

Posted on Monday 2 November 2015

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