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The protection for broadcasting organisations under the Rome Convention, which is virtually the only international convention that provides protection for broadcasters, is limited. The fact that regional agreements have provided protection which the Rome Convention does not grant indicates a lack of adequate protection by the Rome Convention. When examining the protection that regional agreements provide, it is noticeable that satellite and cable distributions are often included. This chapter analyses the satellite and cable distribution, along with the new communication technologies that have appeared since the conclusion of the Rome Convention and have analogous effects to broadcasting. It explains the mechanism of cable distribution, satellite broadcasting, teletext and Internet broadcasting. The chapter reviews the reason why these new technologies do not fall within the definition of 'broadcasting' under the Rome Convention. It analyses the real problem of the definition of 'broadcasting' under the Rome Convention.

Keywords: broadcasting organisations; cable distribution; communication technologies; internet broadcasting; Rome Convention; satellite broadcasting; teletext



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