University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

Photo by Roman Kraft Professor Stavroula Karapapa, University of Essex, School of Law Digitisation has enabled access to and availability of cultural heritage to an extent previously unknown and, in addition, it has enhanced preservation and modern research opportunities, e.g. through text mining and data analytics. The availability of and access to cultural materials in … Continue reading University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

If I could turn back time: the confusion between two TENETs and the role of trade marks

Image from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated “mind-bending” film Tenet was released in the UK in late August 2020 to mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it performed well internationally. This is not, however, surprising for Nolan, whose blockbusters Inception, Dunkirk and The Dark Knight trilogy saw … Continue reading If I could turn back time: the confusion between two TENETs and the role of trade marks

Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

Photo by Joe Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex The allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed Conservative MP have received significant media coverage lately. The Sunday Times reported that the ex-minister was taken into custody on Saturday 1 August 2020 after a former parliamentary employee accused them of rape, sexual … Continue reading Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

New Socio-Legal Research on Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising

Photo by Joshua Earle Dr. Alexandros Antoniou and Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, Lecturers in Media Law, University of Essex A year after the introduction of the UK Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) new rule on gender stereotyping, a new study evaluates the regulator’s approach to depictions of harmful gender stereotypes in advertisements. Dr Alexandros Antoniou and Dr … Continue reading New Socio-Legal Research on Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Advertising

Tackling Online Hate Speech in France – Quo Vadis?

The main entrance of the French Constitutional Council, Palais-Royal, Paris, France (source: Wikipedia Commons) Dr Clotilde Pegorier, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex Note: the hyperlinks to the relevant webpages are in their original languages – French and German. On 13 May 2020, the French Parliament passed a new bill geared to combatting online hate … Continue reading Tackling Online Hate Speech in France – Quo Vadis?

LONDON LIVE sanctioned by Ofcom for broadcasting ‘potentially harmful’ interview on COVID-19

Image by Pexels Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 20 April 2020, the UK communications regulator Ofcom ruled that ESTV Ltd had breached its Broadcasting Code by airing an interview on the Coronavirus pandemic which risked causing “significant harm to viewers.” ESTV Ltd, the licensee, is the owner of the … Continue reading LONDON LIVE sanctioned by Ofcom for broadcasting ‘potentially harmful’ interview on COVID-19

TV Cameras To Be Allowed To Film in Crown Court in England and Wales

Photo by Julian Schiemann Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 16 January 2020, the Ministry of Justice announced plans to allow for the first time in England and Wales recordings and broadcasts from the Crown Court with the aim of increasing public engagement with the justice system. Filming is already permitted … Continue reading TV Cameras To Be Allowed To Film in Crown Court in England and Wales

Community Radio Station Found in Breach of Ofcom’s Offensiveness Rules

Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 16 December 2019, Ofcom, the United Kingdom's communications regulator, found that Radio Caroline had breached Section Two of its Code, which outlines standards for broadcast content so as to provide members of the public with adequate protection from harmful and offensive material. Radio Caroline, … Continue reading Community Radio Station Found in Breach of Ofcom’s Offensiveness Rules