UK new media regulator Ofcom has asked media companies in the country to sort out the rights issues in two months, or shut up. The media watchdog is suggesting two main rights windows…The first – the primary window – would see rights acquired by a public service broadcaster such as the BBC or Channel 4 apply across any distribution platform and any of the broadcaster’s family of channels.
BBC has a seven day first window, while Channel 4 wants 30 days..
In the second window envisaged by Ofcom – a so-called “holdback” period – the broadcaster would be able to restrict the extent to which the producer could exploit rights. It could be as long as five years…
So both the media companies and indie producers are fighting over this.
Some more info in this release and the consultation paper here.