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Internet portals in the Baltic States: legal issues

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2005.10.15 pranešimas VU KF konferencijoje

2005.10.15 pranešimas VU KF konferencijoje

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  • 1. Internet portals in theBaltic States: legalissues Liutauras Ulevičius Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius – October 15th, 2005
  • 2. The ProblemInternet has matured into a commodityInternet portals have gained dailyaudiences throughout the Baltic StatesSocial relations intensify on the virtualarenaOld legal rules does not fit for a newsituation
  • 3. The SolutionExpert analysis Analysis of theIdentification of “the situation in theweakest links” marketLegal procedures to Owners and chiefupdate existing editors of theregulation internet portals Daily legal issues
  • 4. The Methodology• Ist phase:  Legal review, data (expert opinions) from the market leaders  The most common issues• IInd phase:  Questionnaires  Statistical analysis
  • 5. Ist phaseExpertise in-place “Media law” (LT) “kavkazcenter.com” (LT-FIN-..) juudid ahju / Olev Hannula (EE)Legal regulation analysis (systematic)Legal comparison
  • 6. Expertise in-place (I)“Media law” by Liudvika Meškauskaitė Internet media (incl. Internet portals) are “means of mass communication” (liet. visuomenės informavimo priemonės) Content control is not in line with the Constitution due to the wrong legal form (according to the Convention human rights should be regulated by law)
  • 7. Expertise in-place (II)“kavkazcenter.com” Internet media are nor regulated by the Law of Mass communication Two separate regimes:  The law of Mass communication  The Police law and governmental content control order
  • 8. Expertise in-place (III)Olev Hannula vs. Estonian society Competition of principles:  Free speech (a right to comment)  Public order, no racism Olevs appeal failed Race vs. Nation (“arab” comment case)
  • 9. Legal regulation analysis Draft law on Mass communication (Press law)  Subject responsible for a legal act  Paradigm of “mean of mass communication in information society” (liet. informacinės visuomenės informavimo priemonė) LV intiatives  Draft law, internet media chapter excluded
  • 10. Expert opinionsDelfi editors LT – generaly supports draft law LV – oposes draft law, sugests to add user created content (UCC) issues EE – no special law for mediaOmni.lt, bernardinai.lt editors LT – mostly concerned with intellectual property issues (e.g. deep linking), UCC
  • 11. Conclusions (Ist phase)The most common issues to be dealtwith: A right to comment A responsible subject (author vs. editor/owner) Legal mechanism – Press law, Police law, etc.
  • 12. Thank You! Liutauras Ulevičius Mykolas Romeris University iutas@mruni. t, +370-686-08820

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