Conditional Access Directive

Directive 98/84/EC
European Union directive
Title Directive on the legal protection of services based on, or consisting of, conditional access
Made by European Parliament & Council
Made under Art. 57(2), 66 & 100a
Journal reference L320, 1998-11-28, pp. 5457.
Date made 1998-11-20
Came into force 1998-11-28
Implementation date 2000-05-28
Preparative texts
Commission proposal C14, 1997-10-16, p. 7
C203, 1998-06-30, p. 12
EESC opinion C129, 1998-04-27, p. 16
EP opinion C152, 1998-05-18, p. 59
Other legislation
Amended by
Replaced by
Current legislation

Directive 98/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 1998 on the legal protection of services based on, or consisting of, conditional access is a European Union directive in the field of intellectual property law, made under the internal market provisions of the Treaty of Rome. The Directive covers "conditional access services", which are defined as television or radio broadcasts or internet services to which "access [...] in an intelligible form is made conditional upon prior individual authorisation" and payment. Examples are pay-per-view and encrypted television and internet sites which charge for access.

Member States may not restrict the provision of conditional access services which originate in another Member State [Art. 3(2)]. Devices intended to circumvent the access restrictions are prohibited (Art. 4).

The convention formed the basis for the Conditional Access Convention, a convention of the Council of Europe, to which the European Union is a party.

See also

Enforcement of intellectual property rights in the European Union
Directive 98/84/EC (Conditional access)Directive 2001/29/EC (DRM)Directive 2004/48/EC (Civil enforcement)Regulation (EC) No 1383/2003 (Customs enforcement)
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