Why should anyone care about the medium of communication today, especially when talking about media law?
In today’s digital society, many emphasise convergence and seek new regulatory approaches. In Medium Law, however, the ‘medium theory’ insights of Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan and the Toronto School of Communication are drawn upon as part of an argument that differences between media, and technological definitions, continue to play a crucial role in the regulation of the media. Indeed, Mac Síthigh argues that the idea of converged, cross-platform, medium-neutral media regulation is unattainable in practice and potentially undesirable in substance. This is demonstrated through the exploration of the regulation of a variety of platforms such as films, games, video-on-demand and premium rate telephone services. Regulatory areas discussed include content regulation, copyright, tax relief for producers and developers, new online services, conflicts between regulatory systems, and freedom of expression.
This timely and topical volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as Law, Policy, Regulation, Media Studies, Communications History, and Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
2. The medium and the media
3. Film, cinema, and video
6. Video on demand
7. Premium rate services
8. That’s entertainment?
9. The message about the medium
Daithí Mac Síthigh is Associate Dean of Research and Innovation (Humanities and Social Sciences) at Newcastle University, and a Reader at the Newcastle Law School, UK