has urged Hendrik Noorderhaven, a consultant and former candidate for
the European Parliament, to stop publishing the British broadcaster’s
teletext details on his website, Ceefax.tv, claiming copyright
Mr. Noorderhaven launched his website two years ago to allow Dutch
cable- television viewers follow British sports results. (Dutch cable
television apparently only broadcasts a limited version of the BBC’s
Mr. Noorderhaven deploys a computer based in Britain to update the
website with complete teletext information.
However, what Mr Noorderhaven publishes on his website - which attracts
some 15,000 daily visitors - is by and large identical to the content
on the official BBC website.
Mr. Noorderhaven did inform the BBC immediately of his initiative, 'but
I was told to close down the website right away,' he said.
Nonetheless, Mr Noorderhaven has indicated that he has no intention of
complying: 'I publish the teletext pages without any changes and earn
absolutely nothing for doing so.'
'I am leaving my teletext website online and we’ll just have to wait
and see,' said a defiant Mr Noorderhaven, who believes that the BBC is
preparing legal action against him.
The BBC has not confirmed that it had complained to Mr. Noorderhaven,
and would not provide any further details.
"(Dutch cable television apparently only
broadcasts a limited version of the BBC’s teletext pages.)"
those interested, Dutch cable operators used to distribute BBC signals
via Dover and Calais, but that link has now been shut down. Since then
they've relied on digital satellite, and the BBC has reduced its CEEFAX
offering on that platform.
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