Legislation in the Creative Media Industry. By Oliver Toone.
Licensing Act 2003• An Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act establishes a single integrated scheme for licensing premises which are used for the sale or supply of alcohol, to provide regulated entertainment, or to provide late night refreshments.
Libel Law• English law allows actions for libel to be brought in the High Court for any published statements which are alleged to defame a named or identifiable individual (or individuals) in a manner which causes them loss in their trade or profession, or causes a reasonable person to think worse of him, her or them.
Privacy Law• Refers to the laws which deal with the regulation of personal information about individuals which can be collected by governments and other public as well as private organizations and its storage and use.
Broadcasting Act• This is a law of the British parliament, often regarded by both its supporters and its critics as a quintessential example of Thatcherism. The aim of the act was to reform the entire structure of British broadcasting; British television, in particular, had earlier been described by Margaret Thatcher as “the last bastion of restrictive practices”. It governs what can be shown on TV.
Copyright & Intellectual Property Law• Refers to any creative work or invention considered to be the property of its creator. Often, recognized and protected under the corresponding fields of law. Owners are granted certain exclusive rights, such as the ability to publish to various markets, license the manufacture and distribution of inventions, and sue in case of unlawful or deceptive copying.
Obscene Publications Act• This law has governed what can be published or released in England and Wales. The classic definition of criminal obscenity is if it “tends to deprave and corrupt”
Race Relations Act 1976• Was established by the parliament of the United Kingdom to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race. Items that are covered include discrimination on the grounds of race, colour nationality, ethnic and national origin in the fields of employment, the provision of goods and services, education and public functions.