The BBC News website has the potential to criminalise thousands of people by luring them into viewing its video news features.
Legislation taking effect from 1st September 2016 makes it an offence to receive "all or any part of a programme included in an on-demand programme service which is provided by the BBC" without a valid TV licence.
Every video published on the BBC News website is an on-demand programme service which is provided by the BBC, so legally speaking a person can now only view those videos if they have a valid TV licence.
No warning message is displayed prior to viewing these videos, so a licence-free person could easily fall foul of the ridiculous new rules.
Of course criminalising licence-free users of the BBC News website was probably never the BBC's intention, but inadvertently doing so is a further demonstration of how ill-conceived, poorly formulated and unenforceable the new legislation really is.
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