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Media Law

What is media Law? It is the study and regulation of traditional print form media, broadcast media or the world of the internet. Technological advances are seeing an increase of importance of media law in order to govern and protect individual rights. This includes the making of laws to protect culturally sensitive topics.

What is covered in media law?

There are many legal aspects in relation to the world of media. Media content and the way in which media is delivered needs to be regulated. Since our economy is becoming more and more involved with broadcast channels, online information and the ever-increasing significance of the entertainment industry, media law must evolve and adapt to the relevance of our society today. This area of law is continuously subject to change and adaptation.

It is the study of regulation, whether in traditional print form, broadcast media, or within the world wide web. As the traditional form of media is becoming less pronounced, and the technological advances in online media are becoming more pronounced, media regulations must adapt in order to cover this ever increasing divided line. 

Media law governs matters such as libel, copyright, regulations in relation to broadcast media. It also concerns the making of laws on culturally sensitive issues such as pornography or depictions of violence. The protection of children via regulations and other areas such as internet, confidentiality, intellectual property on media content, media ownership, blasphemy, advertising and mobile television also come within media law. 

Privacy and Information Law

This covers a wide industry including, but not limited to, media law. What might you expect to experience in this area of law? It is the protection and access of public information. People are becoming more knowledgeable in the world of social media and are more likely to submit personal information. The increase of social networking services such as 'Facebook', 'Twitter' and 'YouTube' requires the privacy and governance of these services. 

This area of law has caused considerable controversy. Some argue that there should be freedom of information that allows individuals to have greater visibility of their governments by allowing them to access information processed by public authorities. However, sometimes these laws have far-reaching but un-intended consequences. Take for example, the Hong Kong Chief Executive 2012 candidate Henry Tang Yin-yen scandal concerning an illegal basement. The point is, however, that this area of law is a difficult one to manage as public perceptions in relation to public information are subject to change. 

There are also crimes arising from data protection (and other legislation). If you want to ask a question concerning this area of law please feel free to leave a question in the HongKongLaw.com forum by clicking here.