The video industry is regulated by the Video Recordings Act; with classification on the suitability of content for children provided on a statutory basis by the BBFC. The BBFC also provide official age-ratings to digital video platforms that request BBFC services, so that users familiar with the consumer advice found on discs receive the same guidance on popular video-on-demand services.
British Association for Screen Entertainment represents the interests of video distributors and works closely with Government departments to ensure that regulation and copyright law is fit for purpose. It’s important for the industry’s continued success in producing world-class entertainment content that creators and audio-visual businesses are valued for their economic and cultural contribution to the UK and supported by Government policy and public enforcement agencies.
As a growing proportion of the British population regularly watches entertainment using digital services, so BASE engages with policy makers in Westminster and in Brussels to help secure a sustainable and successful future in the European Digital Single Market, to the benefit of consumers and the creative economy alike.
BASE is contributing to the UK’s Brexit debate. The UK has the EU’s largest audio-visual sector and a healthy balance of trade in video content with other Member States. It is imperative that we minimize the disruption to this dynamic industry and its huge audience by engaging with Government on our withdrawal from the European Union.
By collaborating with industry organisations and maintaining critical relations with Ministers, MPs and Officials to maintain the Government’s attention on enforcement, education and research, BASE amplifies resources dedicated to the promotion and protection of copyright and aids in educating and inspiring the next generation of industry professionals and creatives.
The European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, which includes their attractive-sounding objective to increase the availability of digital content across Europe, could result in the reverse – less access and choice for EU citizens and less audio-visual content being produced in the future. BASE, along with many audio-visual partners, has contributed to a new study to find out the impact of EU plans on consumers and the ability of producers to raise pre-production finance.
Robert Price, BASE Chairman, is one of 99 signatories to a letter from the audio-visual sector to the President of the European Commission and his Commissioners appealing for the Commission to reconsider their plans for mandatory cross-border licensing in the light of this evidence.
The purpose of this note is to provide an overview of the provisions of the EU Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.