IRIS Plus 2012-2: The Lifespan for Copyright of Audiovisual Works

01/03/2012 Authors: Christina Angelopoulos, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

Intellectual property rights are one of the tools, if not the tool for rewarding and stimulating creativity. They are attached to many assets which form part of our cultural heritage but which cannot be tagged physically as personal property, as could be, for example, paintings or sculptures....

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IRIS Plus 2012-1: Answers to Internet Piracy

01/01/2012 Authors: Dmitry Golovanov, Moscow Media Law and Policy Centre

Internet piracy is a curse to rightsholders and anyone interested in the viability of the creative industry. The latter includes not only governments and representatives of the au- diovisual sector but also consumers who like to enjoy a rich offer of audiovisual content but who might have to cope...

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Die ungarische Regelung für den Schutz der Minderjährigen vor schädlichen Medieninhalten

01/01/2012 Authors: Réka Sümegh, European Audiovisual Observatory

This article was written in German and is available only in German. It describes the Hungarian regulation on the protection of minors concerning cinematographic and other audiovisual productions.

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IRIS Special 2011: The Regulation of On-demand Audiovisual Services: Chaos or Coherence?

12/12/2011 Author: Susanne NIKOLTCHEV (Ed.), European Audiovisual Observatory

It is common practice that the European Commission sends fact finding letters to ensure that national laws of all member states correctly implement all aspects of EU directives within the given time frame. The letters addressed in March this year to Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark,...

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IRIS Themes - Vol. II - Freedom of Expression and the Media: Standard-setting by the Council of Europe (II) Parliamentary Assembly

01/12/2011 Authors: European Audiovisual Observatory

This e-book provides valuable insights into the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on freedom of expression and the media. It summarises the many positions adopted by the PACE since June 1995 in no less than 49 official documents designed to guide the member states...

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IRIS Themes - Vol. I - Freedom of Expression and the Media: Standard-setting by the Council of Europe (I) Committee of Ministers

01/12/2011 Authors: European Audiovisual Observatory

This e-book provides valuable insights into the work of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on freedom of expression and the media. It summarises the many principles and normative requirements adopted by the Council since November 1994 in no less than 57 official documents...

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IRIS Plus 2011-6: Limits to the Use of Personal Data

01/10/2011 Authors: Alexander Scheuer and Sebastian Schweda, Institute for European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrücken/Brussels

At the end of September, Facebook announced a plan to extend their service in order to, as it stated, enable users to create a “Life Archive” and thus offer an unlimited number of “friends” all the details and events of their own lives at the click of a mouse. Who would have thought twenty years...

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IRIS Plus 2011-5: Why Discuss Network Neutrality?

01/09/2011 Authors: Nico van Eijk, Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

The freedom to receive and impart information is guaranteed by Article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe. As is the case for exercising other fundamental freedoms, the mere recognition of the freedom of expression does not...

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IRIS Plus 2011-4: Who Pays for Private Copying?

01/06/2011 Authors: Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez, European Audiovisual Observatory

Triangular relationships are not only a challenge in human life but also in legal settings. In the case of private copying levies, the three points of the triangle are the creators of works, legally acting copyists and copyright pirates. Their interaction is to some extent, and possibly not suffi...

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IRIS Plus 2011-3: Media Literacy

01/05/2011 Authors: Tarlach McGonagle, Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

Continuous learning is a well established concept to guarantee that graduation from school or university does not mark the end of studying the subjects related to one’s profession. The more an area of knowledge is apt to change the bigger the need to stay on one’s toes. Training on the job is...

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