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 2001-1: Non-Discriminatory Access to Digital Access Control Services

01/02/2001 Authors: Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law (IViR), Alexander Scheuer & Peter Strothmann, Institute of European Media Law (EMR)

This edition of IRIS plus deals with electronic conditional access systems and their function as gateways to digital services.

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IRIS Plus 2000-5: Who Owns Electronic Rights?

01/10/2000 Authors: Christina Lampe, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

A round table conference was held on 27 May 2000 at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam (IViR) to discuss the issue of the ownership of copyrights, with special focus on the new electronic media. The conference was organised by the Institute for Information Law in...

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IRIS Plus 2000-4: MP3: Fair or Unfair Use?

01/08/2000 Authors: Susanne Nikoltchev & Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

This article dates from 2000 and explores some of the legal problems arising from the then current uses of MP3 technology by considering case law from various European countries and the United States. The case law is selected and presented according to the chronology of technical developments.

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IRIS Plus 2000-3: The Financing of Public Service Broadcasting in Selected Central and Eastern European States

01/06/2000 Authors: Kerstin Däther & Alexander Scheuer, Institute of European Media Law (EMR)

As Illustrated by Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovakia for the year 2000.

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IRIS Plus 2000-2: The Electronic Rights War

01/04/2000 Authors: Bernt Hugenholtz & Annemique de Kroon, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

Who Owns the Rights to New Digital Uses of Existing Works of Authorship? Some stock taking reflecting the situation as of April 2000.

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IRIS Plus 2000-1: Copyright and Related Rights in the Audiovisual Sector

01/02/2000 Authors: Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez & Susanne Nikoltchev, European Audiovisual Observatory

The following contribution informs on the situation in the field of copyright and related rights in the year 2000. It focuses on the then applicable regulation and ongoing developments concerning WIPO and the EC.

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