ISEL Meeting, 10 October 2012: Recent Developments in EU External Relations Law and the Competition between the Council of Europe and the European Union in the Regulation of Broadcasting

This week’s ISEL Meeting (Institute for the Study of European Laws) was dedicated to the most recent developments in the European Union’s external relations and saw presentations on both the general aspects of this field of law (including the interinstitutional strife between the Union’s organs about questions of competence) and a very particular legal issue … Continue reading

‘Communication to the Public’ in FAPL v QC Leisure and Murphy v Media Protection Services (C-403/08 and C-429/08)

Post by Enrico Bonadio On 4 October 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union released its decision in FAPL v QC Leisure and Murphy v Media Protection Services (Joined Cases C-403/08 and C-429/08). Amongst the many aspects dealt with, the Court gave its interpretation of ‘communication to the public’ under Article 3(1) of … Continue reading

Freedom of Expression and Mass Media Technologies

Post by Professor Lorna Woods Two months into 2012 and it seems that last year’s Arab Spring has given the impetus to some international bodies to look at mechanisms to facilitate the free flow of information through mass communications media. The Internet is the example that leaps readily to mind and indeed, the EU Commission … Continue reading

Women’s Images for Advertising Purposes

Post by Lorna Woods   The ASA has recently considered four  cases which gave rise to complaints about the objectification of women and, specifically, the use of naked women to sell products and services. The first concerned Ryanair which ran a promotion showing a scantily-clad model in lingerie and included the strap-line “Red Hot Fares … Continue reading

Sky: a ‘fit and proper person’ to hold a broadcasting licence?

Post by Prof. Lorna Woods The Leveson Enquiry is focussing, understandably enough, on the regulation on the press, but there are more general issues which at some point will need to be addressed.  One of these is the question of whether Sky, as part of the Murdoch media empire, is a ‘fit and proper person’ … Continue reading