THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.
The European Commission proposal would require websites and mobile phone services that feature video images to conform to standards laid down in Brussels.
Ministers fear that the directive would hit not only successful sites such as YouTube but also amateur â€œvideo bloggersâ€ who post material on their own sites. Personal websites would have to be licensed as a â€œtelevision-like serviceâ€.
The Slashdot discussion brings up an important point: Broadcast licenses are to protect people from frequency interference — not so that arbitrary guidelines regulating decency can be laid down. Enforcing something like this would be next to impossible, anyway…so why bother wasting the legislative breath to try to enact it?