IRIS Plus 2011-1: A Landmark for Mass Media in Russia

06/02/2011 Authors: Andrei Richter, Moscow Media Law and Policy Centre

When on 15 June 2010 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation adopted Resolution No. 16 “On the Judicial Practice Related to the Statute of the Russian Federation ‘On the Mass Media’”, the first international voice applauding this step was that of Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on...

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IRIS Plus 2010-6: Switchover to the Digital Dividend

01/12/2010 Authors: David Korteweg & Tarlach McGonagle, Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

Like Siamese twins, the switchover to digital television is inseparable from the spectrum liberated as a result of the process. The twin of the switchover is called digital dividend. If we look closer at these twins, we realize that they are non-identical, as far as at least one important point...

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IRIS Plus 2010-4: Public Service Media: Money for Content

01/06/2010 Authors: Christian M. Bron, Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

There have been many public statements on the funding of public service broadcasting and the expectations associated with it. As far as the European Union is concerned, mention might be made of the Communication from the Commission of 27 October 2009 on the application of state aid rules to...

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IRIS Plus 2010-2: Digital Cinema

01/04/2010 Authors: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

The European cinema of the near future will be digital. This much seems to be agreed upon by anyone who has a say in the matter. But the road there requires special efforts and may indeed be long and winding. This IRIS plus asks where we stand in the roll-out of digital cinema and it does so with...

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IRIS Plus 2010-1: Digital Television

01/02/2010 Authors: Andrei Richter, Moscow Media Law and Policy Center, and Taras Shevchenko, Media Law Institute, Kiev

Imagine turning on your television and not receiving any signal. For an increasing number of television viewers this could have been the case had they not re-equipped themselves for digital television. To mention only the early birds: Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden completed the...

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IRIS Plus 2009-6: The "Telecoms Review": New Impetus for Audiovisual Media?

01/11/2009 Authors: Sebastian Schweda, Institute of European Media Law (EMR) Saarbrücken/Brussels

This IRIS plus examines the review of the European telecommunications regulatory framework. The lead article is as multilayered as the theme itself. Market regulation, spectrum policy, new distribution methods, interoperability, network neutrality, investment protection, "must-carry" obligations,...

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IRIS Plus 2009-4: The Public Service Remit and the New Media

01/06/2009 Authors: Meike Ridinger, LL.M. (Eur.), Institute for European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

This IRIS plus discusses the involvement of public service broadcasting in the new media. The author examines to what extent and under what conditions the public service remit covers such an involvement and where the limits to legitimate state funding currently lie. She therefore goes in some...

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IRIS Special 2009: Creativity Comes at a Price

12/03/2009 Author: Susanne NIKOLTCHEV (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

The signatories to the European Social Charter underline in its Preamble the fact that the standard of living and the social-well being of their populations are key to safeguarding human rights. In all likelihood they were similarly aware of how central this is for the prospering of their markets.

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IRIS Plus 2009-2: Filtering the Internet for Copyrighted Content in Europe

01/03/2009 Authors: Christina Angelopoulos, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

One issue that has been frequently discussed in the IRIS plus series is the unauthorised supply of copyright protected works via the Internet. The resulting threat of copyright infringements could, at least partly, be prevented through the use of Internet filters, an option that forms the subject...

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IRIS Special 2008 - Searching for Audiovisual Content

12/12/2008 Authors: Susanne NIKOLTCHEV (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

In 1989/90 Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web (WWW) for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Barely 20 years old, it has made an unprecedented impact on the way we deal with information. The WWW has Become a key resource for private life and business. To Each of us it...

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