European court blow to cloud DVR

In a ruling that could dent the ambitions of cloud-based online video in Europe, making copies of TV programmes saved in the cloud does not fall within private copying exceptions and must be authorised by rights and copyright holders says a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The judgement will have serious ramifications for multinational cloud DVR services in the EU and follows a case brought by UK online video provider VCAST, which makes Italian terrestrial TV programmes available via a remote video recording system. Customers selects a programme and a time slot and VCAST then picks up the television signal using its own antennas and records the time slot for the selected programme in the cloud data storage space indicated by the user, thereby making the copy of the programmes broadcast available to the customer via the Internet.

Source: European court blow to cloud DVR

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