Broadcasts made on or after 1 August 1989 are protected by copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 provided that certain criteria are met.
Broadcasts made before 1 August 1989 may be protected by copyright under earlier legislation.
What is a broadcast?
A “broadcast” is an electronic transmission of visual images, sounds or other information which is transmitted for simultaneous reception by members of the public and is capable of being lawfully received by them, or is transmitted at a time determined solely by the person making the transmission for presentation to members of the public.
However, internet transmissions are excluded from the definition of “broadcast” unless:
the internet transmission takes place simultaneously on the internet and by other means; or
the internet transmission is a concurrent transmission of a live event; or
the internet transmission is a transmission of recorded moving images or sounds forming part of a programme service offered by the person responsible for making the transmission, being a service in which programmes are transmitted at scheduled times determined by that person.
Safeguards relating to certain satellite broadcasts
Since satellites are often located outside of the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 contains safeguards in relation to certain satellite broadcasts.
Where the place from which a broadcast by way of satellite transmission is made is located in a country other than an “EEA” (European Economic Area) state and the law of that country fail to provide the following level of protection as a minimum:
exclusive rights in relation to wireless broadcasting equivalent to those afforded to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, films and broadcast relating to infringement by communication to the public;
a right in relation to live wireless broadcasting equivalent to that conferred on a performer under the provisions relating to the consent required for the live broadcast of a performance; and
a right for authors of sound recordings and performers to share in a single equitable remuneration in respect of the wireless broadcasting of sound recordings
For more information on:
- How long does copyright in a broadcast last?