Media Law – Telecommunication Law

Teaching hours and credit allocation: 16 hours, 3 credits Course assessment: exams

Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain expertise in a range of legal regimes governing key aspects of the media, from the regulation of all key forms of media content to the regulation of the infrastructures via which that content is delivered, including traditional, new and still- developing media. Moreover, Telecommunications Law examines the global trend away from national monopolies in telecommunication and broadcasting networks towards competition in a regulated and increasingly international communications market. The principles underlying this process of liberalisation and regulation are elucidated and explained in this course, as well as the legal structures and arrangements, in Europe and other jurisdictions of interest, which control the provision of telecommunications equipment, networks and services. In particular, the course will concentrate on the licensing and other regulatory regimes of telecommunications infrastructure and service provision and the competition, contractual and regulatory issues that arise from the need to interconnect communications networks. The course does not examine the provision of content services, but considers the regulatory implications of convergence.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principles of media law and the functions of regulatoryinstitutions;
  • Identify and evaluate legal issues relating to freedom of expression and various restrictions on the media;
  • Discuss and evaluate ownership and accountability within the media & telecommunicationindustry;
  • Appraise the impact of regulatory mechanisms and the role of external agencies and judicial bodies in enforcing thosemechanisms;
  • Analyse substantive legal issues pertaining to the control, content and dissemination of published material;
  • Evince the ability to conduct critical legal analysis and evaluation within the field of Media & Telecommunication law.

Content

  • Introduction to Media & TelecommunicationsLaw;
  • Intellectual Property in MediaContent;
  • Reporting Restrictions and theMedia;
  • Broadcast MediaRegulation;
  • Media Ownership &Competition;
  • Libel/ Contempt ofCourt;
  • Confidentiality & Privacy – Protection of journalists’sources;
  • Distributing the Media’s IntellectualProperty;
  • Blasphemy, Obscenity,Indecency;
  • Communications Technology, Services andMarkets;
  • Regulatory structures andbodies;
  • Authorisation &Licensing;
  • Consumer Protection Rules forTelecommunications;
  • Competition Law inTelecommunications;
  • TelecommunicationTransactions.

Reading

Books

  • Carey, P. et al. (2010), Media law, 5th ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell,UK;
  • Crone, T. (2002), Law and the media, 4th ed. London: Focal Press,UK;
  • Fenwick, H. (2006), Media freedom under the Human Rights Act, Oxford: Oxford University Press,UK;
  • Lloyd, I. and Mellor, D. (2003), Telecommunications Law, London: LexisNexis/Butterworths,UK;
  • Nicol, A. (2009). Media law and human rights, 2nd ed. London: Blackstone,UK;
  • Walden, I. (2012), Telecommunications Law and Regulation, Oxford University Press,UK.