media regulation

Understand, track and monitor the changing face of media regulation with Cullen International. Derived from trusted sources, our expert analysis and benchmarks help organisations across Europe and the Americas stay informed on the latest developments and act with confidence in a fast-moving environment.

general topics covered

(Social) media platforms

The rise of platforms and services like YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and Facebook has created a host of new challenges for regulators, government and industry. We help you stay informed on the latest developments, understand the context of different national and international reforms, and grasp their implications.

  • The EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive
  • Video sharing platforms
  • Pay TV platforms
  • Social media platforms
  • Music streaming websites
Public policy objectives

Get a global perspective on how public policy objectives are translated into regulation with our independent Media intelligence service. Understand the agenda, track and compare different national regimes, and anticipate change. Topics covered include:

  • Media pluralism
  • Fake news
  • Media literacy
  • Protecting minors
  • Must carry and findability
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Quotas
  • Impartiality
  • Subtitling, audio description, sign language
Funding the creative industries

A more diverse media landscape is driving new and more complex forms of funding and investment. We provide expert intelligence and insight on the regulatory opportunities, risk factors and barriers to growth for the content and communications industries and policy makers in the 21st century, covering topics such as:

  • Special taxes
  • Advertising, sponsorship, product placement
  • Copyright
Media distribution

Get access to structured information on rules on content acquisition and media distribution in different territories, as well as unbiased intelligence on the competition issues arising from premium content and exclusivity arrangements. Topics covered include:

  • Premium content
  • Sports rights
  • Media chronology

geographical coverage

Americas (Data sheet)
Europe (Data sheet)

We’re trusted across the globe for our wide-ranging expertise in media regulation. See our datasheets for more information on our services’ geographical coverage, including the full list of countries, organisations, and topics we report on.

latest intelligence

Top EU court: advocate general considers that online platforms are not liable for copyright infringements if their users use VPNs
23 November 22 Olha Hruba

The advocate general of the EU’s top court concludes that platforms cannot be held liable for copyright infringement if their users use a VPN, unless providers deliberately applied ineffective geoblocking.

Media Europe Podcasts: can media regulation keep up with the pace of change?
20 November 22 Laura Sboarina

Many EU legislative initiatives have recently been put forward to react to developments in the media market but their implementation and enforcement could be challenging. The proposed EU Media Freedom Act tries to fill some gaps and missed opportunities but it also adds complexity. Is a new regulatory model needed?

AVMS Directive implementation: too early to draw conclusions says study commissioned by European Parliament
18 November 22 Laura Sboarina

The study shows it is too early to draw final conclusions on the implementation. The directive should be reinforced and remain the centre piece of the media framework.

European Parliament non-lead committee discusses amendments to proposal on child sexual abuse online
16 November 22 Jerome Dheur

Main amendments aim to reinforce prevention measures and media literacy as well as the role of the EU Centre and of the national hotlines.

EU Digital Services Act: next steps
15 November 22 Olha Hruba

This flash provides a summary of the next steps in the application and enforcement of the Digital Services Act, in particular what needs to be done by the European Commission through delegated and implementing acts and Commission guidelines.

Top EU court: opinion of Advocate General on the retention of IP addresses to fight online piracy
10 November 22 Jerome Dheur

The Advocate General is of the opinion that a national authority should be able to access civil identity data linked to IP addresses if these data are the only means of investigation to identify the holders of IP addresses who are suspected of online copyright infringement.

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