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Ofcom Seeks Public Comment Over Proposed Changes 1 year 10 months ago #1766

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From XBiz www.xbiz.com/news/202925

LONDON — Ofcom, now the U.K.’s sole regulator for video-on-demand services, plans on procedural changes as it takes its reins.

In a paper that spells out Ofcom’s new authority as well as its needs for alterations, the British communications czar said that there will “need to be some consequential changes” to reflect the ending of the co-regulatory model involving ATVOD.

ATVOD, the former co-regulating authority, was responsible for making sure VOD providers operating in the U.K. pay fees, employ an effective system that verifies that users are 18 or over at the point of registration and not stream "prohibited material," or content that would be denied a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) certificate.

Ofcom plans on seeking public comment from stakeholders on proposed new procedures for investigating breaches of rules relating to editorial content and age verification.

It also seeks consultation on whether the agency should abolish regulatory fees that ATVOD imposed.

The agency said it later intends on publishing a revised set of rules and guidance in the first half of 2016, aligned more closely in format, tone and style to the U.K.’s Broadcasting Code.

“The end of the co-regulatory regime automatically means that there is no appeal process from ATVOD to Ofcom,” Ofcom said in a report. “An internal review process is retained in the interim, and ODPS providers have an appeal route via judicial review in the High Court.

“ATVOD was a much smaller organization than Ofcom, with limited opportunity for internal governance and decision making involving individuals not directly involved in the original investigation. It is neither appropriate nor necessary to replicate ATVOD’s Determinations Committee, nor to have board-level involvement in typical cases.”

After public comment, Ofcom said it would publish responses from stakeholders and give reasons for its decisions, along with “an account of how the views of those concerned helped shape those decisions.”

Ofcom invites written comment over the future regulation of VOD program services to be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 1. The web form is available here.

Mailed comments can be sent to: Ofcom, "Consultation on ODPS procedures and fees," Riverside House, 2A Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA.

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If anybody wants to read Ofcom's document so they can give their views, please see the link below.

stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consu...ogramme_services.pdf
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Ofcom Seeks Public Comment Over Proposed Changes 1 year 10 months ago #1768

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You beat me to it Jason. Drats! Im getting slow in my old age

I think we'll wait until the February OFCOM meet. XChatted with Gary about it this morning and I feel we need to put something in place because someone needs to. Not that its down to us. Non members and amateur individuals can put forward their suggestions

Need I remind everyone that it was the industry at large ignoring the first wave The R18 Online that precipitated the instalation of ATVOD.

There were not enough producer members in AITA to give this attention and thats where Pete Johnson first laid down the law.

A lot of people coming into the business are not aware of the things they need to do to be compliant because certain offshore platforms like tube and clip sites makes it look easy for everyone to do and its always the few who overstep the boundaries and get the attention fo those trying to push their agenda to control and regulate the internet.

Its up to the business as a collective to do something about it
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Ofcom Seeks Public Comment Over Proposed Changes 1 year 10 months ago #1769

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Yes Terry lets wait until the meeting in February, I made my views clear to you on the phone and My understanding of what was discussed at the shall we call it "Handover meeting", are my own and I certainly wont be making any wild or speculative comments on what might come to pass as the year progresses.
Needless to say one thing was made clear by OFCOM they are the Regulators for Video on Demand and will only act within their remit as regulators. Enough Said at this stage.
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While everyone is hailing the demise of ATVOD it seems the next phase of censorship has been ushered in already on an unsuspectng new audience.

This will be on the agenda for discussion and what we can expect if people choose to cut corners and ignore it though I suspect a lot of the existing platforms will implement the new measures.

My ony real concern is whether it will be effective after the publics distrust with Ashey Madison hackings and trusting their credit card details with any company that is adult.

Life was so much more simpler when peddling porn on VHS tape out of sports bags in supermarket car parks late at night....Oh those were the days :-)
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