Newspaper and magazine publishers face paying thousands of pounds in fees if they continue using video content on their websites, industry groups have warned.
The dispute follows a decision to transfer regulation of the video-on-demand sector from Ofcom to the Authority for Television On-Demand (ATVOD).
ATVOD has ruled that short video clips on publishers' websites provide a "TV-like" service.
This means publishers must register with ATVOD and pay an annual fee - a ruling strongly opposed by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and the Newspaper Society. While last year's annual fee was £2,900, the PPA claims that, depending on company turnover, that figure could rise to as much as £25,000.
PPA chief executive Barry McIlheney said: "Essentially the disproportionate regulatory fees being charged by ATVOD are damaging innovative digital businesses and putting them at a disadvantage compared to their European counterparts."
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