Copyright laws give the exclusive rights to visual and audio material to those people who created it. Internet providers must, therefore, have permission to copy, distribute or screen such material and will run fowl of the law if they do not obtain the necessary permission. Here are the few points about why internet TV services are often accused for violating copyright guidelines and get issues frequently.
Copyright law violation controversy
Due to the increased use of the internet for television, controversy has increased about whether online television programs and rebroadcasts of movies and other television programs are violating copyright laws. Faster download speeds and the increase in broadband capacity allow the streaming of movies and television shows online. The rebroadcasts of both movies and shows made for television have made it easier for a much wider audience to view these programs at a reduced cost. The producers are receiving less revenue because fewer users are paying to view the material. This is partly why considerable controversy exists regarding the copyright law and internet TV services are accused of violating copyright guidelines.
Changes to the laws
During recent years, copyright laws have been amended to place the creators of original material in a stronger legal position. Additional laws may, however, be required to limit the use of certain technologies. Alternatively, instituting additional statutory guidelines might be necessary to reduce the hugely increased rates of internet rebroadcasting of TV movies and similar programs. While these specific limits do not exist, internet TV services may still be accused of violating copyright guidelines by rebroadcasting programs on a regular basis.
Limiting opportunities for infringement
Ultimately, a compromise is needed between making provision for ongoing technological development, while still limiting copyright infringement opportunities. As the person on the street is not always totally familiar with all details of the copyright law, it is easy for them to accuse the internet TV services of violating copyright guidelines even when the extent of this violation is not fully understood.
Due to the Copyright Infringement Policy, a person is not permitted to use TVS Cable’s servers or systems in such a fashion that it infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party. According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), TVS Cable, as per its policy, is required to terminate or to suspend the service provided to their account holders or subscribers who infringe third party intellectual property rights. TVS Cable also reserves the right to use its sole judgment to terminate, suspend or take other appropriate interim action against an account holder whom TVS Cable believes infringed the copyright policy. The failure to do so will represent a reason why internet TV services are accused of violating copyright guidelines.
Although not required to, TVS Cable internet providers can monitor the compliance of subscribers, regarding the terms of the Service Agreement and AUP. In this way, TVS Cable may move, pre-screen, remove or even refuse any content available on the service and although they are not required to do so, they could be accused of violating copyright guidelines if they do not.
Regular rebroadcasts of television shows and movies will cause internet TV services to run fowl of copyright guidelines simply because the producers of these programs are receiving less revenue than they are legally entitled to. Once additional laws to address the actual limits that need to be imposed on these rebroadcasts are put in place, the situation will be easier to control.
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