TV Licensing advice on Streaming of non-UK live content

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Mr. M. Whitfield

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Until March 2016, the TV Licensing website stated this:

"You need to be covered by a licence if you watch TV online at the same time as it's being broadcast on conventional TV in the UK or the Channel Islands".

That then changed to this, which states the complete opposite:

"You need a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel or device, no matter where they are broadcast or distributed from. This includes satellite or online streamed programmes from outside the UK or Channel Islands, such as sporting events and foreign shows".

By reference to internal memos, emails, policy documents and similar, please can you provide information about how and why this change was made given that as far as I am aware the law did not change.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. M. Whitfield

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Whitffield,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 13 July 2017.  We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20171015.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Whitfield

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20171015.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Rights

 

 

 

Information Rights

BBC Legal

BC2 A5, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2][BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'TV Licensing advice on Streaming of non-UK live content'.

It seems like the member of staff who attempted to answer my question either did not understand it, or did not understand the question of fact that it addresses. I would also have hoped that even though I did not expressly request it, the duty of helpfulness would have provided a simple factual statement of the BBC's present interpretation of the law as it regards Internet streaming of live programming from outside the UK & CI (this being a good starting point from which to address the question).

To restate my question more fully for greater ease of understanding: historically, TVL accepted that Internet Streaming of live programming from outside UK & CI was lawful without a TV Licence. This statement disappeared from the TVL website in March 2016, and I was interested to know how and why this disappearance occurred - by reference to existing memos, emails, etc. I am happy that your respondent has confirmed my understanding that there was no corresponding change in the law, and I am therefore confused as to why TVL no longer states that Streaming from abroad is lawful, but appears to state the contrary.

If it would be helpful to raise a separate request asking for confirmation that streaming from abroad is, in fact lawful, I would be happy to do so.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

Mr. M. Whitfield

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Whitfield,

We have received your request for an internal review relating to RFI20171015. Your request for an internal review was received on 10 August 2017. We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working days.

If you have any queries, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your internal review is IR2017057.

Information Policy & Compliance
Workplace & Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2 A5, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane,
London, W12 7TP

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi/
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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KODI! People are using VPN'S and using servers outside the UK so they cannot be traced without severe difficulty.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Whitfield,

 

Please see attached the BBC’s internal review of your freedom of
information request dated 13 July 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

BBC Information Rights Team

 

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