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 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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IRIS Plus 2008-1: Transformation of Authors' Rights and Neighbouring Rights in Russia

01/02/2008 Authors: Dmitry Golovanov, Moscow Media Law and Policy Centre

In this IRIS plus Dmitry Golovanov gives a clear albeit colourful picture of the problems, development and current situation of the institution of Russian copyright law.

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IRIS Plus 2007-7: The Impact of EC Law on the Taxation of the European Audiovisual Industry

01/11/2007 Authors: Hasan Bermek, European Audiovisual Observatory

In this IRIS plus Hasan Bermek analyses a wide spectrum of tax issues relevant to the audiovisual sector and demonstrates the various ways in which these issues relate. His article is both a guide to the legal framework and a description of the areas which may still be regarded as requiring...

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IRIS Plus 2007-6: Online Games from the Standpoint of Media and Copyright Law

01/10/2007 Authors: Paul Göttlich, Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

It is clear from this edition of IRIS plus that an unambiguous legal framework for online games has yet to be established, so these issues will remain topical. Paul Göttlich's article also usefully documents the rules that definitely can be applied to online games already.

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IRIS Plus 2007-5: A Post-Soviet Perspective on Licensing Television and Radio

01/08/2007 Authors: Andrei Richter, Moscow Media Law and Policy Center (MMLPC)

This IRIS plus gives an overview of the different legal frameworks for licensing broadcasting in countries of the former Soviet Union, which all share the experience of a relatively recent launching of licensing systems.

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IRIS Plus 2007-4: Safeguarding Human Dignity in the European Audiovisual Sector

01/06/2007 Authors: Tarlach McGonagle, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

This IRIS plus looks into the legal roots and main elements of human dignity as an important standard for audiovisual media services.

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IRIS Plus 2007-3: Audiovisual Archives and the Inability to Clear Rights in Orphan Works

01/04/2007 Authors: Stef van Gompel, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

This article will examine and evaluate solutions which could possibly be introduced at European or national level to overcome the rights clearance issues caused by the orphan works problem.

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IRIS Plus 2007-2: Broadcasters' Access to Broadcasting Frequencies

01/03/2007 Authors: Nicola Weißenborn, Institute of European Media Law (EMR)

The aim of this article is to show how broadcasters obtain their frequencies and who lays down the standards for this process: how is spectrum organised, divided up and ultimately distributed? Who decides on the allocation of transmission capacities and how? This article will also look at new...

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IRIS Plus 2007-1: Digital Rights Management Systems (DRMs): Recent Developments in Europe

01/02/2007 Authors: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

This article provides an overview on recent developments concerning DRMs in Europe, with the aim of bringing some clarity to the relevant legal issues.

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