The EBU’s Legal and Policy team works to secure the right regulatory framework for public service media at a national, EU and international level. We also provide expert legal advice to Members on day-to-day matters such as governance and media law, intellectual property, commercial contracts, and more
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Freedom of expression, protection of journalists, political advertising, SLAPPFind out more
Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), prominence, content integrity, and greater fairnessFind out more
Brand attribution, access to data, self-preferencing, algorithmic transparency, competition, platform-to-business RegulationFind out more
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ePrivacy Regulation (ePR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Governance Act, Data ActFind out more
5G networks, wireless production, 5G distribution, vertical, 5G broadcasting, net neutrality, specialized servicesFind out more
PSM Funding, Sustainable funding, competition policy, innovation, Amsterdam protocolFind out more
Intellectual property (IP), Contractual freedom and territoriality, International and EU regulatory frameworkFind out more
Frequencies, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Lower UHF band, 470-694 MHz, sub-700MHz band, UHF, WRC, RSPG, Digital Dividend, PMSEFind out more
Our Legal and Policy team defines our policy positions together with our Members, and in consultation with the Legal and Policy Assembly, Legal and Policy Committee and our expert groups. Also find our archive of Legal and Policy Assembly documents, dating back to 1999.
The EBU's Legal Focus on PSM Remit Principles for the Digital Media Age deals with the critical...
The EBU's Legal Focus on PSM Remit Principles for the Digital Media Age deals with the critical question of public service media’s role and the scope of its activities in the global digital media markets, identifying the following non-binding guidance Principles:
Legal Focus publications are part of the EBU's effort to produce practical tools to help Members in a period of rapid change.
The EBU has published Public Funding Principles for Public Service Media (PSM). Coming at a critical...
The EBU has published Public Funding Principles for Public Service Media (PSM). Coming at a critical time when PSM funding is under pressure in many different countries, these principles serve as a non-binding source of guidance and reference for PSM in the assessment and implementation of new and existing funding models. There are many different approaches to PSM funding used in Europe, taking into account the different legal, constitutional, economic and cultural structures of each country. However, it is possible to identify certain broader principles that should be relevant in any funding debate.
The EBU's Legal Focus on Public Funding Principles for PSM builds on the EBU Core Values of Public Service Media, declared by the General Assembly in 2012, in Strasbourg.
This document gives advice on the national rules necessary to ensure prominence of public service...
This document gives advice on the national rules necessary to ensure prominence of public service media content. As IP-delivery becomes an important means of content delivery in Europe and audience behaviour is changing (particularly that of younger audiences), public service media (PSM) is increasingly dependent on powerful global platforms and interfaces to deliver their services, some of which are vertically integrated competitors. PSM lack the bargaining power to insist on inclusion on such platforms and the findability/prominence of their services.
Regulatory intervention is necessary to protect PSM services and ensure they remain universally accessible for all. As prominence is not prescribed in the EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive, national authorities and governments must implement an adequate prominence condition now to safeguard PSM across Europe. This document advises EBU Members on the national rules necessary to ensure prominence.
With its new Copyright Handbook, the EBU provides its Members with a reference tool addressing the...
With its new Copyright Handbook, the EBU provides its Members with a reference tool addressing the main copyright issues faced by broadcasters. This Handbook is complementary to the EBU Copyright Guide, providing an overview of all relevant topics and illustrative case law as well as legal references to enhance the understanding of copyright matters in broadcasting.
Non-Members are invited to contact the EBU Legal Secretariat for information on how to obtain a copy.
The EBU Legal Department has published a practical toolkit for editors and programme makers working...
The EBU Legal Department has published a practical toolkit for editors and programme makers working for public service broadcasters, with the aim of increasing awareness of all the rights and obligations under copyright law to be taken into account when creating, selecting and using protected material.
The EBU Legal Department, in close collaboration with Member Relations, has produced its first EBU...
The EBU Legal Department, in close collaboration with Member Relations, has produced its first EBU Legal Focus.
Based on the EBU's Public Service Media Values and related Editorial Principles, these EBU principles for election coverage are designed primarily for EBU Members in new and developing democracies. They provide an overview of key considerations that all television and radio broadcasting editors face when deciding how to cover elections, be they local, national or international.
Elections put journalists and politicians under a particular spotlight, and editorial challenges increase. This booklet aims to suggest how these challenges might be approached, with illustrative examples to show how the principles might be applied in a specific case.
The EBU Principles for Election Coverage aim to become a living multimedia document which will be constantly enriched and updated as a platform for the exchange of experience and ideas.
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