Broadcasters’ Cable Retransmission Rights: in line (or not) with the EU right of communication to the public?

Author: Tatiana Synodinou (University of Cyprus)
Published: 13.04.2022
Image by Michael Schwarzenberger via Pixabay On March 10th, 2022, the Advocate General (AG) Pitruzzella delivered his Opinion on the case RTL Television GmbH v Grupo Pestana S.G.P.S., S.A., et al (C-716/20). The case is an ideal example of the intricacy of the EU copyright law edifice regarding the right of communication to the public, which appears as a patchwork of disperse legislative provisions and case law. The facts of the case are the following. Hotel operators in Portugal captured the satellite signal of the “free-to-air” RTL channels and then transmitted them through coaxial cables on the TV sets in…