This publication series from 2015 covers a selection of topics that are high on the European regulatory agenda, offering comparative and reliable information on a chosen topical issue in the perspective of the ongoing reforms of the legal framework on European and national level.
 

For each chosen topic, this new publication looks into:

  1. the economic and technological backdrop
  2. the international and European regulatory framework
  3. the national implementation of these provisions
  4. self- and co-regulation
  5. case-law
  6. recent trends.

The former version of the IRIS Plus series (until 2014) was a paid-for publication that featured a combination of a lead article, related reporting and a Zoom section, comprising overview tables, market data or practical information.

All published issues are now available online for free (see below).
 

 

IRIS Plus 2019-2: Release windows in Europe: a matter of time

06/11/2019 Authors (in alphabetical order) Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Julio Talavera Milla, Sophie Valais

This latest report clarifies the current release windows situation in Europe by providing a thorough analysis of the system and the economic and legal rationale on which it is based.

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IRIS Plus 2019-1: The promotion of independent audiovisual production in Europe

17/05/2019 Authors (in alphabetical order) Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Julio Talavera Milla, Sophie Valais

This publication aims at providing an overview of many relevant issues concerning the independent production of films and audiovisual works in Europe, including market figures, international and national rules, inter-professional agreements and case law.

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IRIS Plus 2018-3: The legal framework for international co-productions

21/12/2018 Authors (in alphabetical order) Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Enric Enrich, Julio Talavera Milla, Sophie Valais

This publication provides an overview of many relevant issues concerning the co-production of films and other audiovisual works in Europe, including market figures, international and national rules, and funds supporting co-production.

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IRIS Plus 2018-2: Brexit: The impact on the audiovisual sector

21/11/2018 Authors (in alphabetical order) Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Julio Talavera Milla, Sophie Valais European Audiovisual Observatory

This publication provides information on current key facts and figures on the weight of the UK in the European audiovisual market and on the main features of the legal framework that will cease to apply from 30 March 2019.

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IRIS Plus 2018-1: The legal framework for video-sharing platforms

05/06/2018 Authors (in alphabetical order) Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Ismail Rabie, Sophie Valais

This report attempts to give an overview of the state of current legislation at European and national level. It includes the latest regulatory initiatives, the most recent developments around the case law of courts and other bodies and also outlines the self-regulatory initiatives of the industry.

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IRIS Plus 2017-3: Deposit systems for audiovisual works

26/01/2018 Authors: Carolina Arias Burgos, Alexandra Poch, Franciska Schönherr (European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (European Union Intellectual Property Office)), Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Sophie Valais (European Audiovisual Observatory)

This publication provides an overview of the regulatory framework concerning deposit systems. Today, deposit systems frequently serve national policy ends by ensuring the preservation of a country’s cultural heritage.

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IRIS Plus 2017-2: Commercial communications in the AVMSD revision

09/10/2017 Author: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Christian Grece, Sophie Valais, European Audiovisual Observatory

This report analyses the ongoing AVMSD reform in relation to commercial communications.

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IRIS Plus 2017-1: Exceptions and limitations to copyright

17/05/2017 Author: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Sophie Valais, European Audiovisual Observatory

This IRIS Plus aims at providing a general overview of the rationale and the evolution of the exceptions and limitations to copyright in the numerous international treaties and European directives devoted to this topic, and in the consequent ratifications and implementations at national level....

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IRIS Plus 2016-3: VOD, platforms and OTT: which promotion obligations for European works?

11/01/2017 Author: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Christian Grece, Sophie Valais, European Audiovisual Observatory

The present issue of IRIS Plus starts with an outlook of the latest market developments, before exploring the regulatory context, and sets out international and European obligations as well as national frameworks. The report then continues considering self- and co-regulatory tools and case-law,...

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IRIS Plus 2016-2: Audiovisual sports rights – between exclusivity and right to information

26/10/2016 Author: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, Maja Cappello, Gilles Fontaine, Sophie Valais, European Audiovisual Observatory

The increasing relevance of audiovisual sports rights, especially given this summer’s European football championship and Summer Olympics, has prompted us to carry out a comprehensive exploration of the topic.

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