The Department for Legal Information analyses key legal issues linked to the audiovisual sector and reports on major legal developments and ground breaking cases which affect media legislation in Europe.

 

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 Special 2007 - Legal Aspects of Video on Demand

17/12/2007 Autoren: Susanne NIKOLTCHEV (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

Whenever a “new” audiovisual service becomes established, questions are inevitably asked about what legal norms govern it and whether those norms take sufficient account of all legitimate needs and interests. As far as video-on-demand (VoD) is concerned, it is clear that the “Television without...

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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 Special 2007 - The Public Service Broadcasting Culture

01/03/2007 Authors: Susanne NIKOLTCHEV (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

In the recent Report “Public service media in the information society”, commissioned by the Council of Europe, Christian S. Nissen points to a provocative argument in the vibrant discussions about public service broadcasting. He writes that public service media can be seen as a remedy for a...

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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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