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EUR-Lex: Summaries of EU Legislation: Audiovisual and media  

Over a million European Union (EU) citizens are directly employed in the audiovisual and media sector. This covers not only the more traditional media such as radio, television and cinema but also, since the advent of the internet, many new media, ranging from digital publications to online services. The EU encourages cooperation between Member States in this area, and supports their actions in the creative sector under Articles 167 and 173 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Audiovisual Media Services Directive sets out the basis for an open and fair EU market for audiovisual services. The EU also runs funding programmes such as Creative Europe (2014-2020), and promotes the distribution of online content, media literacy and media pluralism.

Institute of Art and Law  

A small independent organisation aiming to bridge the divide between the worlds of art and law; includes links and online articles.

Media Guardian: Media Law & Regulation  

A complete index of Guardian articles and features on media law and regulation (registration required).

The Directory: Government Departments

Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS)  Live bookmark  

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is here to help make Britain the world's most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation. Alongside this, we protect our deeply held beliefs in freedom and equality. We help to give the UK a unique advantage in the global race for economic success. DCMS is a ministerial department, supported by 43 agencies and public bodies.

News story: Find out how you can join the commemorations on Sunday 12 November
News story: The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport appoints two new Members to the Board of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA)
Detailed guide: Protecting cultural objects on loan
Research and analysis: Cyber Security Breaches Survey
Corporate report: Libraries Deliver newsletter
Statistical data set: Museums and galleries monthly visits
Policy paper: National Citizen Service Royal Charter
Press release: Government confirms Birmingham bid for the Commonwealth Games 2022

The Directory: Public Bodies O


Ofcom is the regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. It regulates the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Ofcom works with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

The Directory: Regulators

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)  

Independent, self-regulatory body for non-broadcast advertisements in the UK. Administers the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion to ensure that ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful.

British Board of Film Censors (BBFC)  

An independent body which originally established by the film industry in 1912. Local authorities have statutory powers to control safety standards in cinemas but generally accept the decisions of the Board.

Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP)  

Industry body that creates, revises and enforces the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion – the rules that apply to non-broadcast advertising in the UK. The Codes are endorsed and administered independently by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS)  

Industry-funded regulatory body for all premium rate charged telecommunications services


Ofcom is the communications regulator. We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.

The Directory: Trade and Industry Organisations

Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)  

UK rights management society for all writers. Its principal business is to collect and distribute fees to writers whose works have been copied, broadcast or recorded.

British Phonographic Industry Limited  

Represents the interests of British record companies. Legal area includes information on anti-piracy, consumer issues, digital delivery, music publishing, MU and Equity, PPL and VPL, TV agreements, trademarks, etc.

British Video Association  

Represents the interests of publishers and rights owners of video home entertainment.

International Federation of Phonographic Industry  

Representative of the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising some 1400 record companies in 66 countries. Their mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.

Periodical Publishers Association (PPA)  

Trade body for UK magazine publishers.

PRS for Music (Formerly the Performing Rights Society)  

Exists to collect and pay royalties to members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways: when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online.

Publishers Association (PA)  

Trade association for all book, journal and electronic publishers in the UK.

Radio Advertising Bureau  

Responsible for guiding national advertisers and their agencies towards effective advertising on Commercial Radio.