Culture and Audiovisual Council
Agreement on legal protection for pay services
By Manon Malhère | Tuesday 29 November 2011
The ministers meeting in the Culture and Audiovisual Council approved the decision on the signature, on behalf of the EU, of the European Convention on the legal protection of services based on or consisting of conditional access. The Council now has to adopt a position on the decision on the conclusion of the convention before submitting it to a vote of approval in the European Parliament.
In substance, this Council of Europe convention is similar to Directive 98/84/EC on the legal protection of services based on or consisting of conditional access. Its aim is to apply legal protection against piracy of technological systems targeting information society services provided against remuneration on the basis of or consisting of conditional access. It applies to TV and radio broadcasting services and transmission via the internet. The convention enumerates different illegal activities and authorises parties to penalise them through penal, administrative or other sanctions and to adopt measures for the confiscation of illegal devices. The text also prescribes the organisation of measures to guarantee protected service providers access to legal remedies.
The Council also adopted conclusions on the protection of children in the digital world. The text encourages member states to promote the teaching of online security to children, parents and teachers. The member states and the Commission are also asked to help law enforcement authorities detect, signal and remove web pages that contain or disseminate child pornography. These conclusions follow on from the Commission’s report, published in September 2011, on the application of two recommendations on the protection of minors, adopted by the Council (1998) and the Council and Parliament (2006).
EU’S INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL
In the field of culture, the ministers adopted conclusions on cultural and creative competences and their role in building Europe’s intellectual capital. The ministers stress that such competences represent leverage for creativity and innovation that in turn boost economic growth and competitiveness. The conclusions ask member states to encourage awareness of relevant actions and disseminate good practices for the development of such competences among policy makers, cultural and educational entities and enterprises. They also recommend the development of creative partnerships aimed at developing cultural and creative competences. These different actions would help improve employability, promote innovation and strengthen the development of culture and the creative industries.
The Council also adopted conclusions on the protection of children in the digital world