Medium Law: Talking about Technology in a Age of Convergence

This event took place at the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Monday, 29 January 2018.

29 Jan 2018, 17:30 to 29 Jan 2018, 19:30
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR


Title: Medium Law: Talking about Technology in an Age of Convergence

In the launch and discussion of his new book, Professor Daithi Mac Sithigh will set out the case for continuing to acknowledge within regulation, and in some cases use as the basis for special regulation, the medium of communication. This is not to say that every silo ought to be defended on equal terms. There are plenty of examples where the lines drawn for legal purposes make no sense, and may have never made sense in the first place. We will encounter Morris dancers and lap dancers, space invaders and streaming video, and surprisingly detailed consideration (by regulators) of everything from ringtone subscriptions to titles and credits in audiovisual works. Finally, Professor Mac Sithigh will propose that the idea of converged, cross-platform, medium-neutral media regulation is unattainable in practice and potentially undesirable in substance.


Professor of Law & Innovation Daithi Mac Sithigh, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor of Internet Law Lorna Woods, University of Essex
Professor Guy Osborn, School of Law, University of Westminster

Chair: Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

Drinks reception to follow.

Admission free but advance booking is required.  All welcome.

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