5RB is a set of barristers’ chambers at 5 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, which specialises in media and entertainment law, sports law, and related human rights law. Site content includes full text judgments from cases involving 5RB barristers, and in-house articles.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regulates advertising across all UK media, and the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) is responsible for writing the advertising codes which the ASA applies. This is their joint web site. It includes the current editions of the CAP codes, ASA rulings made in the last five years, compliance reports, research reports, and annual reports.
This is a refereed online journal, first published in hard copy in 2002 as Entertainment Law and currently published electronically by the University of Westminster Press. New content is published continuously throughout the year as it becomes available, and archived content includes all issues back to 2002.
Harbottle & Lewis is a London law firm specialising in media, entertainment and sports law. The site’s content includes in-house articles and regular eBulletins. Registration is required to receive the latter by email: recent issues are directly accessible on the site. Articles and eBulletins can be found under the “Latest” tab.
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is the independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK. It replaced the Press Complaints Commission on 8 September 2014. Site content includes the Editors’ Code of Practice which IPSO is charged with enforcing, information on the complaint procedure, rulings and resolution statements.
The Institute, part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, is a major research centre in the field of information law. Publications on the site include articles on information law and related areas, including intellectual property, media law and consumer law.
Lord Justice Leveson was appointed in July 2011, following developments in the News International phone hacking scandal, to chair an inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. Its report, published on 29 November 2012, may be accessed either on the GOV.UK web site or here on the inquiry’s official site, now archived by the UK Government Web Archive. Additional material on the inquiry’s site includes transcripts of hearings, evidence, the chairman’s rulings and key documents.
The libel trial between the McDonalds Corporation and two environmental activists (a postman and a gardener from London) became the longest running trial in English legal history, beginning in June 1994 and lasting 313 days. This section of the McSpotlight web site includes Mr Justice Bell’s judgment of 19 June 1997, court transcripts, a selection of legal documents relating to the proceedings, witness statements, and information about the subsequent appeal. There are also news stories and press releases up to 2006 and a few legal articles.
Ofcom (the Office of Communications) is the independent regulator and competition authority for the media and communications industries in the UK. It was created in December 2003 from a merger of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and the Radio Communications Agency. It has also been responsible for the regulation since 1 October 2011 of the UK’s postal services, and since 3 April 2017 of the BBC. Information and documents on the site include consultations, codes of practice, guidance, reports, and selected material from the former sites of the defunct “legacy regulators”. A Competition and Consumer Enforcement Bulletin may be found within “News and updates”.
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) closed on 8 September 2014 and was replaced as regulator of the UK press by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The PCC site is being maintained for a period to provide a record of its rulings 1996-2014. Other former site content has been removed.
Simkins LLP is a London law firm specialising in the media and entertainment sectors. The News section of its web site has newsletters and articles outlining legal developments in media and entertainment.