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 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 2007-6: 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 2007-1: 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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IRIS Special 2006 - Audiovisual Media Services without Frontiers - Implementing the Rules

01/12/2006 Authors: Susanne Nikoltchev (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

Working from the premise that after a revision of the TVwF Directive the rules of the two leading European instruments on broadcasting will be once more re-aligned, this publication seeks to explore the interplay between the Directive and the Convention. It will focus on monitoring and...

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IRIS Plus 2006-1: Search Engines: Seek and Ye Shall Find? The Position of Search Engines in Law

01/02/2006 Authors: Nico van Eijk, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

What are search engines really? How, if at all, are they regulated? Why would they come under regulation? How do they compare to other technological means that we use in the process of asking for and receiving information electronically? These are questions tackled by this IRIS plus article,...

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IRIS Special 2005 - Tomorrow's Delivery of Audiovisual Services - Legal Questions Raised by Digital Broadcasting and Mobile Reception

01/12/2005 Authors: Susanne Nikoltchev (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

After taking stock of developments on the television market generally, this IRIS Special begins with a description of how digital terrestrial television has developed and the different services that have become possible as a result of digitalisation. It then goes on to look at those aspects of...

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IRIS Special 2003 - Co-Regulation of the Media in Europe

01/12/2003 Authors: Susanne Nikoltchev (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

This publication explains co-regulation, offers current examples of its use and discusses possible areas in which it may be applied. It describes the characteristics and legal requirements of co-regulation, as well as the chances and risks associated with it.

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IRIS Plus 2002-4: In Search of Lost Rightsholders: Clearing Video-on-Demand Rights for European Audiovisual Works

01/09/2002 Author: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

This article investigates the conflict between copyright protection and new ways of exploiting audiovisual works. The key role that collecting societies might play and the need for corresponding legal provisions are discussed in particular.

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IRIS Plus 2002-2: Movies Online: Balancing Copyrights and Fair Use

01/04/2002 Authors: Susanne Nikoltchev & Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

In 2000, our IRIS Focus featured an article that reported on a first wave of lawsuits related to online offers of audio files (see IRIS 2000-8: 14, "MP3: Fair or Unfair Use?"). This IRIS plus supplements our earlier article by focusing on the new legal questions as well raised as their factual...

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