Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws,
this analysis of media law in the United Kingdom surveys the massively
altered and enlarged legal landscape traditionally encompassed in laws
pertaining to freedom of expression and regulation of communications.
Everywhere, a shift from mass media to mass self-communication has put
enormous pressure on traditional law models. An introduction describing the
main actors and salient aspects of media markets is followed by in-depth
analyses of print media, radio and television broadcasting, the Internet,
commercial communications, political advertising, concentration in media
markets, and media regulation. Among the topics that arise for discussion are
privacy, cultural policy, protection of minors, competition policy, access to
digital gateways, protection of journalists’ sources, standardization and
interoperability, and liability of intermediaries. Relevant case law is
considered throughout, as are various ethical codes.
A clear, comprehensive overview of media legislation, case law, and doctrine,
presented from the practitioner’s point of view, this book is a valuable
time-saving resource for all concerned with media and communication freedom.
Lawyers representing parties with interests in the United Kingdom will
welcome this very useful guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate
its value in the study of comparative media law.