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Ofcom’s recent consultation entitled Small Screen: Big Debate reached a stark conclusion: that in order to save public service broadcasting (PSB) “there is now an urgent need for a new framework to support an effective transition to public service media (PSM)”. This PSB to PSM transition is more than a rebrand and represents an attempt to redraw the lines of PSB in order to achieve its public policy aims in the age of streaming. In…
Here on MediaWrites, we have analysed how data mining and AI could represent massive opportunities for the media sector, but that time and space, and experimentation, is needed to identify the really transformative applications. Really effective experimentation will require collaboration, as few standalone organisations have the kind of data that is required. Collaboration requires trust.  Trust requires clear, robust, balanced frameworks within which competing interests can briefly align for the benefit of the greater good.…
1. Will sports bodies have their ability to enter into exclusive data rights agreements upheld? The battle between Sportradar, Football DataCo (FDC) and Genius Sports (Genius) will kick off in earnest this year over two legs: firstly in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and secondly, we expect, in the High Court. The background to the dispute lies in a 2019 agreement between FDC, the data rights-holder for the English Premier League, English Football League and…
The White Paper The Online Harms White Paper, published in April 2019, had a broad scope, catching any company whose services allowed users to “share or discover user-generated content or interact with each other online”. Acknowledging that companies of all sizes may be caught by the regime, the paper expressly noted that file hosting sites, public discussion forums, search engines and online games with social features were caught by the proposal. Other companies not expressly…
As reported on MediaWrites, the German Federal Court of Justice has asked the CJEU to rule whether a copyright holder has a right to receive information from YouTube on the e-mail addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses of uploaders who have committed copyright infringements under Article 8 (2) lit. a) of EC Directive 2004/48 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. I. Background of the Case The Federal Court of Justice had asked the CJEU…
In his latest article for LawInSport, Richard Bush looks at the issues surrounding participant welfare and safeguarding. His article considers: the importance of participant welfare and safeguarding in conducting disciplinary investigations; practical considerations in addressing participant welfare and safeguarding during disciplinary investigations; and the desirability of making provision for participant welfare and safeguarding in advance. The post Addressing Participant Welfare And Safeguarding Issues In Sports Disciplinary Investigations appeared first on mediawrites.law.…
Setting out its vision for the future of PSB in its report Small Screen: Big Debate, Ofcom has highlighted the “urgent need” to overhaul broadcasting laws and regulation to ensure that PSBs can survive in the continually evolving age of online viewing. Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Now TV, Disney, Amazon Prime, and YouTube – whose development has challenged traditional broadcasting and transformed audience viewing habits – could now be obliged to provide public service…
In April 2019, the Online Harms White Paper proposed the introduction of a duty of care on companies whose services host user-generated content or facilitate online interaction between users. It was said that the duty of care would require those companies to take reasonable steps to prevent, reduce or mitigate harm occurring on their service. There was concern that the notion of harm was left broad and undefined. It was unclear how a regulator might…
Aren’t you on TikTok? TikTok is the platform of Generation Z with the overwhelming majority of its users under 25 (in contrast the average age of a Facebook user in the US is 40). Its rapid expansion has propelled many of these users to overnight fame. At the time of writing, the most followed TikTok user is Charli D’Amelio, a 16 year old American who has amassed over 100 million followers (in contrast she ‘only’…
The parties agreed a 10-year $1.97bn deal in 2017 for the right to broadcast J.League matches domestically in Japan, but the restructure and extension will see DAZN pay $2.1bn over 12 years, at a reduced annual rate. According to SportsPro, DAZN intends to use this restructured contract model as a template for negotiations with sports rights holders moving forward. DAZN claimed the deal to be ‘transformational’ in that it has the potential to ‘redefine…