This new 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 2009-5: SatCab Revisited: The Past, Present and Future of the Satellite and Cable Directive

01/08/2009 Authors: Prof. P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

In this article, Bernt Hugenholtz explores not only the history, goals and application of the Satellite and Cable Directive but also the question of how its future might look like.

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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 Plus 2009-3: An Introduction to Music Rights for Film and Television Production

01/05/2009 Authors: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

More often than one might expect, basic issues concerning music rights are unknown territory for producers of music works, film composers and musicians. Reading this IRIS plus is a first step towards understanding the complex legal matter.

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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 Plus 2009-1: The Legal Status of the Producer of Audiovisual Works in the Russian Federation

01/02/2009 Authors: Dmitry Golovanov, Moscow Media Law and Policy Centre

This IRIS plus describes important rules of Russian copyright law, focusing on the legal status of the producer of audiovisual works.

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IRIS Plus 2008-6: Progress in the Must-offer Debate? Exclusivity in Media and Communication

01/10/2008 Authors: Alexander Scheuer/Sebastian Schweda, Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

This IRIS plus looks at the various dimensions of exclusivity in media and communication. This IRIS plus considers the current debate on whether the obligation to transmit (must-carry) certain content should be replaced or at least supplemented by an obligation to offer such content (must-offer)....

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IRIS Plus 2008-5: Audiovisual Media Services and the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

01/08/2008 Authors: Jan Kabel, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

Consumer interests take a prominent place in the law of audiovisual media services. This IRIS plus explains to what extent and why. It also tells its readers how the general legal principles relate to media-specific legislation.

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IRIS Plus 2008-4: The Promotion of Cultural Diversity via New Media Technologies: An Introduction to the Challenges of Operationalisation

01/06/2008 Authors: Tarlach McGonagle, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

This IRIS plus presupposes that it is important to clarify potential meanings of cultural diversity and arising concepts if we wish to experience cultural diversity in the form of concrete results. The need for clarification becomes more pressing with a view to technological advances which...

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IRIS Plus 2008-3: User-Generated Content Services and Copyright

01/05/2008 Authors: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

This IRIS plus looks at the EU and US American copyright framework concerning UGC and how it has translated into case law. Suspecting that neither the pending revision of the relevant EU e-commerce Directive nor further court decisions might settle the matter entirely, the article also explores...

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IRIS Plus 2008-2: Media Windows in Flux Challenges for Audiovisual Media Chronology

01/04/2008 Authors: Martin Kuhr, Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

This IRIS plus does not deal with economic considerations, but with the legal framework on which an economic strategy, however it is chosen, must be built. The author begins by explaining how rules on media chronology have developed. On this basis, it is easy to see who defines the media windows...

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