Protecting Europe's fast-growing paid content against piracy is an important prerequisite to making the EU more competitive. The aim is to provide a satisfactory level of legal protection against piracy in the broadcast and the broadband world within the EU for pay-services and DIF welcomes efforts to try to achieve this without affecting innovation and competition.
DIF saysRepresenting the paid content value chain, DIF members include conditional access vendors and service providers. The creation of an overly-prescriptive pan-European legal framework for the protection of digital media services could prevent the use of the most appropriate content protection systems.The goal of interoperability must recognise that different content has different value and, hence, different content protection requirements. It is essential that the risk of piracy is assessed when new policy measures and legislation are proposed.