Tvkaista.fi is a television catch-up service that acts as a network storage for finnish television programming for its subscribers. Today the finnish public broadcaster YLE has claimed that the service breaks copyright laws. Similar services have been out and about earlier so there is really nothing new about the service. I recollect one similar canadian service while back that was quite quickly forced to close down. There are also services like SaunaVisio which have been allowed to continue.
The big difference between the authorized and illegal services comes down to whether they automatically store everything or if the users’ need to select shows for watching. It seems to be a such a small detail and you could think that especially public broadcasters should happy if their services reach more people using new innovative content distribution platforms. There have always been caching servers on the internet, so why not for TV also?
I don’t deny that Tvkaista’s activities can be unlawful, but in the name of development I salute people behind Tvkaista for fighting this fight. I just hope they do not get too badly bashed up by the swarm of copyright lawyers. There is inherently something beautiful in trying to make revolutionary change. I’m just afraid it will be little bit too big of a challenge.