media regulation

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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

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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

Canada calls for action from social media platforms to safeguard 2019 elections
15 February 19 Carolina Limbatto

The Canadian government has launched a plan to protect the next federal elections of October 2019 from foreign interference and opinion manipulation. The plan recommends social and digital platforms to implement specific measures to increase transparency and reduce disinformation.

European Parliament and the Council reach informal agreement on copyright reform
14 February 19 Laura Sboarina

The agreement foresees that content sharing platforms (except if they are new and small) would be liable for making available copyrighted works identified by rights holders, if they cannot demonstrate (in case of no authorisation) to have made their best efforts to prevent their availability.

Fighting online disinformation in the light of upcoming EU elections
13 February 19 Olha Hruba

The role of the national media regulators (NRAs), data protection authorities (DPAs) and electoral authorities as well as their cooperation were discussed. One actor cannot deal with the problem, however it is not clear yet how exactly national authorities will cooperate to fight online disinformation during elections in the EU.

Mexican competition authority conditionally clears the Disney/Fox merger
13 February 19 Carlos Castellanos

The authority concluded that the transaction did not raise competition concerns after the parties committed to divest Disney’s share in Disney Studios Sony Pictures releasing of Mexico (WDSSPR) to Sony Pictures. The IFT, however, still has to give its approval in relation to the content distribution markets.

Several broadcasting projects in IFT’s 2019 work plan
11 February 19 Carlos Castellanos

IFT announced the start of the second-round review of the asymmetric obligations on the preponderant agent, Televisa, and, aiming to foster competition in the pay TV sector, the launch of an impact assessment of the current must-carry and must-offer regulatory framework.

European Parliament committees discuss proposed regulation on removing terrorist content online
05 February 19 Jerome Dheur

The amendments tabled by the rapporteurs in the two committees (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Culture and Education) aim to ensure that the proposal does not jeopardise fundamental rights (such as freedom of expression and media pluralism)

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