University of Technology Sydney

78180 Converging Media Industries: Regulatory Challenges

Requisite(s): ( 78101c Postgraduate Legal Research OR (70616 Australian Constitutional Law AND (22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 78177 Converging Media Industries: Regulatory Challenges


This subject addresses the challenge of regulating the media when the media business has fundamentally changed. Changes in technology and the growth of digital delivery have meant that established means of regulating the media are under strain because of innovation and changes in audience expectations and behaviour. Media regulation has traditionally been siloed and platform-based. Broadcast media are presently regulated by statute, the press by self-regulation and online and digital media by little specific regulation at all.

Several recent inquiries have attempted to address this asymmetrical approach to media regulation in an increasingly converged environment. This subject examines cross-jurisdictional efforts in proposals for regulatory reform. In Australia, the Finkelstein Review, the Convergence Review and the Classification Review addressed the challenge of changed media practice. In the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Singapore, government agencies also engaged in scoping for reform.

Media convergence changes the regulatory paradigm. The focus shifts from platforms to ubiquitous content and from regulating technology to serving the interests of audiences wherever they read, watch or listen. Audiences are no longer passive but interactive, with audience engagement and contribution forming part of the media's value proposition.

Students explore the legal and regulatory consequences of a converged media space. Where the existing media regulatory framework is found to be inadequate, students reflect on the principles and practice that inform appropriate cross-platform regulation. In this new converged world, does the purpose and reach of regulatory intervention need review? Where appropriate, this subject makes use of comparative analyses. On completion, students are equipped to think and work more effectively in a converged media environment.

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