Another Unofficial TV Site Attracts Legal Attention

Twelve months after British web-based TV PVR TVCatchup shut down under legal pressure, a Scandinavian counterpart is also reportedly riling regulators in Finland.

TV-Kaista stores programmes from Finland’s free-to-air channels on its web server, and offers them as VOD to users for a monthly subscription. But the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE says users need a TV license to use the service, and Finland’s copyright society Kopiosto says TV-Kaisa is flat-out infringing IP. ArcticStartup reports: “The parties in dispute are gearing up for a major battle by recruiting Finnish law firms.”

Registered in Mauritius, TVCatchUp, too, had let users schedule their own online programme recordings and even