Re: Creation Science 101
- --- In DebunkCreation@yahoogroups.com, Mikey Brass
> Roger, you would be interested in
> . Reproduced:recorder,
> TV LICENSING
> BS98 1TL
> Tel: 0870 243 0229
> Fax: 0870 240 1187
> E-Mail: tvlcsc@...
> Our Ref: TVL88192
> Dear Mr Savage,
> A television licence is required if you use television receiving
> equipment to record and/or receive television programme services.
> Television receiving equipment could be a television, video
> DVD recorder/player, PCTV (computer with facility to receivetelevision
> programmes), or a television card for a computer. If your computeris
> capable of receiving live broadcasts, whether on-line, or throughan
> aerial or satellite dish, then it is classed as televisionreceiving
> equipment. This means a licence is needed to receive BBC, ITV,Channel
> 4, Five, digital television, other terrestrial services, satelliteprogramme
> television and cable television.
> If you receive programme services (as defined above), live via the
> Internet, BBC Online for example), then a television licence is
> required. If you are using the Internet to browse archived
> services websites, then a television licence is not required.TV Licensing is pushing its luck on this because it is defining when
> I hope this information is helpful.
> Yours sincerely
> Michael Williams
> TV Licensing
a licence is due based on the signal not on the receiver.
Unfortunately streaming media off a serve is not a broadcast service.
It simple does not require a broadcasting licence to operate such a
service. From a regulatory viewpoint it is a telecommunications
service - point-to-point. By definition that can't be a broadcast
service which is point-to-multipoint. A two-way or four way video
Skpe link is providing video signals live. That's not subject to
broadcast licence requirements.
I think the fast one that TV licensing is trying to pull is to get
round the issue that regulation is always behind technology. I don't
think that its position would stand up in a magistrates court let
alone in front of a jury. All you would have to do to defend yourself
in front of the magistrate is to ask if the court has broadband
access and ask him to show its TV licenses.