With this press release we would like to draw your attention to a current study conducted by the Institute of European Media Law (EMR) on behalf of the State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, which deals with the updating of the legal framework and law enforcement with regard to the cross-border dissemination of online content – also in light of the Digital Services Act Package planned at EU level. The study provides a general overview of the regulatory options available to the EU in the process of adapting this legal framework and deals in particular with five key issues concerning the specific area of media and content dissemination: the future shape of the country of origin principle, the scope of application of the rules for information society services, the liability regime, the obligations of providers including the protection of user rights and issues of law enforcement and supervision.

The study “Updating the legal framework and enforcement concerning cross-border dissemination of online content” was presented by the Director for Academic Affairs of the EMR, Prof. Dr. Mark D. Cole, at the conference “safeguarding freedom stabilising democracy” on 27 October 2020 which was organised by the German Media Authorities in cooperation with the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, the EMR and the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union. In this context, representatives from politics, media regulation, science and industry discussed in particular the question of how the forthcoming legislative initiatives of the EU can succeed in stabilising democracy while adequately protecting fundamental rights and freedoms, also in the online sector.

The executive summary of the EMR study and the presentation by Prof. Dr. Mark D. Cole are available HERE. As soon as the video of the event and the whole study is publicly available, we will inform on this website.

The previous study “Cross-border Dissemination of Online Content” can be found HERE as a free e-book and the corresponding press release HERE.

The joint press release of the German Media Authorities can be found HERE.

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