Changing Position in France on Broadcast of Excerpts of Sporting Events


The French Audiovisual Authority (“CSA”) revised its decision of January 15, 2013 aiming at extending the possibility to freely broadcast excerpts of sport competitions and decided to restrict the right to freely broadcast 90 seconds of sport events excerpts per hour to the sole TV channels and their catch up TV services. Only four months after the decision came into force on February 1, 2013, the CSA has announced on May 29, 2013 the opening of a new consultation regarding the compliance and efficiency of the new rules on free broadcast of sport competitions excerpts. The CSA is asking contributors to give their feedback on the length, content and frequency of the excerpts as well as on the definition of the types of programs that can broadcast these excerpts. This new consultation comes after several French sport federations and professional sport leagues and Canal + filed an appeal to the French Council of State to request the annulment of the deliberation from January 15, 2013, considering that it upsets the equality set by European law between compliance with rights of sport competitions organizers and the public right to access sport contents.

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