Information for the User
The IRIS Merlin database enables you to access more than 3,500 articles (as of June 2005), reporting on legal events of relevance to the audiovisual industry. These articles describe relevant laws, decisions of various courts and administrative authorities, and policy documents from more than 50 countries. They also report on legal instruments, decisions and policy documents of major European and international institutions. Many of the laws, decisions and documents on which the articles are based are now accessible via a single internet address and are therefore just a "mouseclick" away.
IRIS Merlin derives its information from IRIS Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory. Via this monthly newsletter, the European Audiovisual Observatory has been supplying those interested in the audiovisual industry with the latest legal information ever since 1995. Each month more than 30 new articles are published in the newsletter and put into the database.
You can use IRIS Merlin in English, French or German, depending on your individual search needs or personal preference. You can change the language at any time via the toolbar at the top of the screen.
The database gives you the options of:
You must select at least one of these search modes, and you can select more than one if you wish. If you select several search modes, you will only be shown articles that correspond to all the search words. In two cases, however, you are offered a choice between AND and OR.
To display the Results of your search you can choose either a short listing of the titles of all articles found, or else a longer display containing not just the title but also the beginning of the text as well as the classification information for each article. In either case, you can access the full text of the desired article by clicking on its title.
If the text of an article contains a reference to another IRIS article, you can instantly call up the second article by clicking on the reference (e.g. IRIS 2001-2: 3). You may, however, be shown several articles. This happens, for example, if there is more than one article that begins on page 3 of the February issue of IRIS 2001. However, the article you are searching for will definitely be among those listed, and a full-text version of it can be called up by clicking on the title.
The CTRL ("Control") key of your keyboard, which has been mentioned several times already, allows you to mark several search words within a search mode, and also erase such markings. Position the cursor on the entry you want to mark or erase, and click. The reset command allows you to erase all entries.
With the Refine Search command, which only appears on the page displaying your search results, you can add additional search words to those already entered.
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