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As far as Film On is concerned, that press release was not issued by TVC, neither did it follow any consultation with TVC, nor does it impact on our policy of compliance with law. Not that anyone pays much attention to the constant stream of press releases issued by Film On, so it isn't of any great consequence to anyone,.
Of far, far greater interest, the EU release in the past 24 hours has the potential to be ground shifting, and we and our external legal team are very carefully analysing the very complex 42 page summary of the Advocate General which goes far beyond what has been reported. We would rather review this analysis before making any public statement, but it is fair to say we are greatly encouraged, if not overjoyed, that Europe has the sense to see through the twisted commercial motives of many of the UK's broadcasters, whose ability to produce quality television content has dissipated in inverse proportion to their unbridled avarice
Our position regarding access outside of the UK is completely unaltered, we have made representations to OFCOM, we have spent a huge amount of time and money in trying to win formal clarification of the legal position, and this provisional ruling appears to take us a very long way down the road. But we are pioneers, we are not pirates, and it would be extremely foolhardly for us to have gone through all this pain to do things properly only to fall at the last fence through impatience.
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Go to http://curia.europa.eu/jurisp/cgi-bin/form.pl?lang=en and search for C-403/08 as the case number. The website doesn't provide direct links.
And yeah, it's long...