Cable and Satellite Directive Law and Legal Definition

Cable and Satellite Directive or the Directive on the Coordination of Certain Rules Concerning Copyright and Neighboring Rights Applicable to Satellite Broadcasting and Cable Retransmission is a European Union directive which governs the application of copyright and related rights to satellite and cable television in the European Union. It was made under the internal market provisions of the Treaty of Rome. This 1993 European Commission initiative requires its members, among other things, to (1) recognize the right of a copyright owner to decide whether the work may be relayed by either cable or satellite, and (2) define the “place” of a satellite broadcast as the location where the signal originates.