Battle for control? Copyright, football and European media rights

Boyle, R. (2015) Battle for control? Copyright, football and European media rights. Media, Culture and Society, 37(3), pp. 359-375. (doi:10.1177/0163443714567020)

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Abstract

The position of copyright in the arena of sports content rights and property rights of sporting organizations is an area of growing legal and commercial interest in the digital age. At its core is the issue of whether copyright can be incorporated into sports rights contracts as it has been for many years. This article identifies the ramifications of this debate in a European context for the existing business models for both specifically football rights holders (FA Premier League, UEFA) and pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB and members of the European Broadcast Union (EBU). Drawing on interviews with key stakeholders this research analyzes the strategic responses of pan-European broadcasters in the field, and key football content rights holders at both the national and European level. How will these developments affect both the pan-European and national markets for football rights? How does copyright law affect live and recorded games and what are the implications for the wider European audio-visual sector of changes in the rights regime for European cultural content?

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:copyright, digital, European, football, sports rights, television
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyle, Professor Raymond
Authors: Boyle, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Research Group:Centre for Cultural Policy Research
Journal Name:Media, Culture and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0163-4437
ISSN (Online):1460-3675
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Author
First Published:First published in Media, Culture and Society 37(3):359-375
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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