Country-exclusive Movie Rights Challenged in EC

PayTV rights in the EU may no longer grant territorial exclusivity to a country. Regulators are testing the contracts studio’s are offering to PayTV operators in court. Offering such contracts effectively prevents free offering of services in the EC: i.e. if you are abroad you cannot watch your content, and operators should not have to refuse subscription requests from citizens of other countries. The challenge is not that content rights should be offered for all EC countries at once (which would create very problematic issues in the content market). But the legal line is quite fine: what does it mean for a payTV broadcaster in a small country if people from another country can simply subscribe to his content. Is that simply fine or does it require him to take a more expensive license.

Movie Sales to Pay-TV Broadcasters Probed by European Union – Bloomberg.