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Internet portals in the Baltic States: legal issues

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Internet portals in the
Baltic States: legal
issues

         Liutauras Ulevičius
    Mykolas Romeris University
    Vilni...

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The Problem
Internet has matured into a commodity
Internet portals have gained daily
audiences throughout the Baltic State...

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The Solution
Expert analysis          Analysis of the
Identification of “the   situation in the
weakest links”           m...

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Internet portals in the Baltic States: legal issues

  1. 1. Internet portals in the Baltic States: legal issues Liutauras Ulevičius Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius – October 15th, 2005
  2. 2. The Problem Internet has matured into a commodity Internet portals have gained daily audiences throughout the Baltic States Social relations intensify on the virtual arena Old legal rules does not fit for a new situation
  3. 3. The Solution Expert analysis Analysis of the Identification of “the situation in the weakest links” market Legal procedures to Owners and chief update existing editors of the regulation internet portals Daily legal issues
  4. 4. The Methodology • Ist phase:  Legal review, data (expert opinions) from the market leaders  The most common issues • IInd phase:  Questionnaires  Statistical analysis
  5. 5. Ist phase Expertise in-place  “Media law” (LT)  “kavkazcenter.com” (LT-FIN-..)  juudid ahju / Olev Hannula (EE) Legal regulation analysis (systematic) Legal comparison
  6. 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. 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. 8. Expertise in-place (III) Olev Hannula vs. Estonian society  Competition of principles:  Free speech (a right to comment)  Public order, no racism  Olev's appeal failed  Race vs. Nation (“arab” comment case)
  9. 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. 10. Expert opinions Delfi editors  LT – generaly supports draft law  LV – oposes draft law, sugests to add user created content (UCC) issues  EE – no special law for media Omni.lt, bernardinai.lt editors  LT – mostly concerned with intellectual property issues (e.g. deep linking), UCC
  11. 11. Conclusions (Ist phase) The most common issues to be dealt with:  A right to comment  A responsible subject (author vs. editor/owner)  Legal mechanism – Press law, Police law, etc.
  12. 12. Thank You! Liutauras Ulevičius Mykolas Romeris University iutas@mruni. t, +370-686-08820

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