What Not to Miss in May in Media Policy

April was a busy month in media policy with the passage of a new Defamation Bill, a sudden apparent end to the Communications Data Bill, and yet another version of a Royal Charter for press self-regulations submitted by a group of publishers and supported by the Newspaper Society. In May, intellectual property and copyright are on the agenda with […]

Illegal File Sharing – Lessons From France?

By Bingchun Meng

LSE Department of Media and Communication

In Apr. 2011, the High Court rejected  a challange by the UK’s two largest Internet Service Providers BT and Talk Talk, of the Digital Economy Act 2010 (DEA). After the ruling, Justice Parker was quoted in the Guardian saying that ‘although it is difficult to predict the effect of measures such as […]

Media Policy in 2013

One of the things the Media Policy Project aims to do in 2013 is provide much more information on future policy consultations, decisions and challenges. Here are some tasters that were discussed in a brainstorming workshop we held at the LSE with officials from Ofcom, the European Commission and academic experts.

DCMS will publish a Communications White Paper, outlining […]

Who owns the copyright on barristers’ advocacy?

Emily Goodhand of the University of Reading examines how the UK Supreme Court’s decision to upload judgment summaries presents novel issues about copyright law and performers’ rights.

Following yesterday’s welcome announcement that the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) is uploading judgment summaries to YouTube, there has been some speculation as to whether the UKSC will take the next step in its […]

January 23rd, 2013|Copyright, Guest Blog|2 Comments|

SOPA Is Dead, Says MPAA’s Chris Dodd, But What Comes Next?

The film sector lobbyist’s recent speech sounds benign, but Parker Higgins and Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue that this belies a new tactic by the US content industry to push forward with its attempts to curtail access to information online.

Earlier this week, Chris Dodd, a 30-year veteran of the Senate and now chairman and CEO of […]

Benefits of the Internet for Musicians and Fans are Under Threat

Former radio music promoter and LSE Alum Helen Charles warns that some of the digital era’s creative and economic benefits are under threat and could be lost if artists and fans are not attentive and involved in policy debates about music and the digital economy.

Back in 2001, when I started working as a radio plugger, we would send music […]

European Commission Consults on Notice and Takedown

As the 5th September deadline for submissions approaches, Saskia Walzel of Consumer Focus looks at the implications of a crucial European Commission consultation on a key part of the legal framework that governs the removal of illegal content from the internet.

In January this year the Commission announced an initiative on so called “notice and action” procedures for online hosts […]

Last Chance for Submissions to IPO’s Copyright Consultation

Peter Bradwell, Campaigner at the Open Rights Group, urges academics to submit evidence to the IPO’s copyright consultation.

There’s just over one week until the Intellectual Property Office’s consultation on changes to UK copyright law closes on March 21st. There are lots of excellent proposals in there for much needed copyright reform.

It’s a pretty large document, but there’s an issue that […]

ORGCon March 24: What Are Your Digital Rights?

With so many policy discussions going on regarding Leveson, the DEA, and the ever-elusive Communications Green Paper, this is a good time to step back and reassess the role of the citizen in developing media and technology policy and whether we’re doing enough to influence the debate.

If recent attempts at pushing through communications legislation in other jurisdictions are any […]

ACTA Down?

Helen Charles, alum of the Department of Media and Communications (2010), argues that the new EC piracy treaty needs to be re-examined.

On Wednesday, the European Commission put its attempts to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on hold, blaming “misinformation” about the agreement for the mounting opposition. While some of the more vocal critics may overstate their case, there […]

February 24th, 2012|Copyright, Guest Blog|0 Comments|