I stumbled upon an article wherein there seems to be an ongoing case on a certain country with one of their biggest TV network as it is currently pending franchise renewal - with only a month to spare.

According to the documents submitted by the one requested a quo warranto petition against them, is that they are airing a pay-per-view channel on a free-to-air frequency.

What are your thoughts regarding this? Is it illegal to air a pay-per-view channel on a free-to-air frequency or does it depend on the country?


Whether or not copyright infringement is legal does depends on the particular country, and apparently there is no copyright law in Eritrea, Turkmenistan and San Marino. Otherwise, this could be a clear case of copyright infringement. I say could because the party requiring payment is not necessarily the owner of the copyright – is is also possible that the copyright owner has given permission for over the air (in the clear) transmission of some show. They may have also granted a license to a cable company, and the license might be exclusive or non-exclusive, but that is about the relationship of the owner to the cable company. Supposing that the copyright owner granted a license to the cable company and not to the broadcast channel, then it would be copyright infringement (thus, illegal) to broadcast that show. But it depends on a lot of details that we don't know.

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    The OP has nothing to do with copyright – Dale M Feb 13 at 20:16
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    I disagree completely. The basis for determining legality is copyright law. – user6726 Feb 13 at 20:43
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    The question really has nothing to do with copyright. The broadcaster can’t broadcast a show it does not have rights to whether brocade in the clear or essentially encrypted. A broadcast of material they don’t have rights to is a problem if they do charge for it and is also a problem if they do charge for it. – George White Feb 13 at 21:20

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