The EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive

Here is my recently-written paper on the European Commission’s proposals to amend the Television Without Frontiers directive. I review the proposed amendments, focusing on the regulation of new media, such as Web streaming and on-demand download services. My main argument is that the philosophy of technological neutrality is an inappropriate (theoretical and practical, rather than legal) basis for the formation of regulatory policy.

I’d be interested in any comments or feedback, as this is very much at an early stage. The paper was presented to the UACES European studies conference in Limerick, Ireland last week. However, it’s part of my ongoing doctoral research and may also find its way into print in a revised format in future.


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