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    To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To discuss the issues arising from the General Data Protection Regulation’s provision that under 16 year-olds will need parental consent before accessing social media or other online services, the LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University met in a round […]

How will Brexit affect copyright legislation?

The UK’s future relationship with the European Union, and the implications for UK regulation, are full of uncertainty. For example, how much of the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy the UK will maintain is unclear. Here, Professor Alison Harcourt of the University of Exeter looks in detail at the DSM initiative’s copyright package, and the potential impact of the […]

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    Liberalisation of advertising & product placement rules in the AVMSD: a step too far?

Liberalisation of advertising & product placement rules in the AVMSD: a step too far?

Rachael Craufurd Smith, Reader in Media Law at University of Edinburgh, assesses the proposal made by the European Commission and response from the CULT Committee regarding the liberalisation of advertising and product placement rules.

In May 2016 the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal that would significantly liberalise the advertising and product placement rules in the Audiovisual Media Services […]

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    AVMS Review and Media Regulators’ Independence: the Dancing Procession of Echternach?

AVMS Review and Media Regulators’ Independence: the Dancing Procession of Echternach?

On Monday September 26 2016 the CULT committee of the European Parliament will hold a hearing on the Audiovisual Media Services review. In its legislative proposal of May this year, the European Commission proposed introducing an obligation for Member States to guarantee the independence of their media regulators (specifying a number of independence requirements). The draft report of the […]

Facebook is a new breed of editor: a social editor

Facebook’s approach to allowing, censoring or prioritising content that appears in the news feed has recently been the focus of much attention, both media and governmental. Professor Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argues that we need to seek to understand the new kind of editorial role that Facebook is playing, in […]

What would be the impact of Brexit on UK media regulation?

Media regulation in the UK has been affected, at least in part, by the requirements of European Union (EU) law. So, which areas are likely to change once the UK formally leaves the EU? Lorna Woods, Professor of Media Law at the University of Essex, addresses some key regulatory areas.

The precise outcome is difficult to predict, of course, […]

Brexit: Implications for Data Protection Law

Dan Tench, Partner at Olswang LLP, here reflects on the implications of the recent Brexit vote in the UK on data protection law.  

For months, data protection lawyers have been warning businesses in the UK to make preparations for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”), due to come into force in May 2018. The Regulation provides for […]

Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight?

Following the recent referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Union, Founding Director of the LSE Media Policy Project, Damian Tambini, reflects on the role of new and traditional media in the Brexit debate.

A predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem […]

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    Caution, Loose Cornerstone: The Country of Origin Principle under Pressure

Caution, Loose Cornerstone: The Country of Origin Principle under Pressure

Wolfgang Schulz, Professor of Media Law and Public Law at the University of Hamburg, and Thorsten Grothe, Partner at Grothe Medienberatung, investigate how recent national and EU court rulings and diverging interpretations of the ‘country of origin’ principle may impact on the European Commission’s plans for the Digital Single Market.

“Without the country of origin principle there is no single market.”

The seamless […]

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    After the Vote: What will Brexit mean for film and TV businesses operating in the UK?

After the Vote: What will Brexit mean for film and TV businesses operating in the UK?

With the country voting 52% to 48% in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, John Enser, Partner at Olswang, says that we face a period of unprecedented commercial and legal uncertainty. In this blogpost, he examines some of the key potential outcomes of that result for media businesses operating in or from the UK.

Practicalities

The vote to […]