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Television Without Frontiers

Under a new European Commission proposal, any web sites featuring moving images may soon be subject to the same regulations as broadcast television:
Ministers fear that the directive would hit not only successful sites such as YouTube but also amateur "video bloggers" who post material on their own sites. Personal websites would have to be licensed as a "television-like service".
Didn't they introduce a law like this in Australia a few moral panics ago? What has been the experience there? Have web sites taken down video content because of it? Or is it tacitly recognised that the law is unworkable and that its purpose is to provide a new offence for which otherwise legitimate troublemakers can be prosecuted where expedient?

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Posted by: gjw http://jimbob.suprglu.com Sat Oct 21 20:58:56 2006

There was some brief concern raised a while back about the inability to regulate the internet the way TV is, but nothing came of it. Interestingly, in recent weeks, the government passed new media reform / cross-media ownership laws, just to help "lubricate" News Corp's "entry" into our "market". Never have I heard the words "Blog" and "YouTube" thrown around so much on the floor of federal Parliament - government MPs were attempting to argue that we no longer need laws to protect media diversity - now that anyone can go post to LiveJournal or YouTube, the diversity creates it self.

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