Webcasting Of Soccer Games Under French Law

Soccer games are the TV programs that attract the biggest audiences throughout Europe. In France, the issue of webcasting – or diffusion of TV programs via the Internet – of soccer games is therefore particularly important given the potential profits involved. Due to the specific nature of the Internet, and to the imprecision of the existing laws that apply to “audiovisual” rights in general, there is a conflict as to the identity of the webcasting rights’ holders.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What institutions hold the TV broadcasting rights of soccer games?
What rules apply to TV broadcasting of soccer games?
Do the same rules apply to webcasting of soccer games?

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