Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Anne Moebes


This article explores the compelling reasons why U.S. media firms should co-produce and distribute programming in the European Community. The article then outlines the various legal and practical hurdles to be anticipated by U.S. firms and suggests a plan to allow U.S. firms to structure to comply with legal restrictions without sacrificing the ultimate benefits to be gained. Attention is focused on the European Community's content restrictions on foreign programming, juxtaposed with the international implications of the Federal Communications Commission's recent financial-syndication rule changes. Finally, because copyright protection is an important consideration in any venture involving an audiovisual product, the author describes the scope of copyright protection currently available to such products in the European Community.