Conditional Access Directive Adopted

Subject: Conditional Access Directive Adopted
From: Barbara Schleihagen (
Date: ma 16 marras 1998 - 12:15:17 EET

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

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