I do not need a license to watch pre-recorded television programs. If I use the internet to watch live TV on streaming-video, apparently I need a license. If I only watch pre-recorded programs from the BBC's website, do I need a license? If so, why?
"In conclusion, then, it appears that the actual use of a computer to watch television programmes delivered by the Internet, and originating within UK jurisdiction, requires a TV licence. There are some who believe that there is a difference between downloading and storing material, and watching it in real time by streaming. While there may be differences as regards intellectual property law, there does not appear to be a difference for licencing purposes."
I don't find it very confusing. This is the clearest indication I have yet found that watching TV programs by any method requires a license.
However, watching a recorded tape on a VCR does not require a license. So I am puzzled why watching a recorded video file downloaded from the Web would be any different.
Has anyone yet been prosecuted for watching TV in this way without a license? I would not like to be the victim for a test case.
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