Part of the REVEAL work consisted of dealing with and researching the legal situation with regards to verification of user-generated content, the analysis of information residing in social networks, accessing respective APIs, making use of hosted content (e.g. for news reporting) and such like. It included shedding light on areas such as data protection, privacy, the “right to be forgotten” and much more. In this article of our “REVEAL Results series” we summarise work undertaken by CITIP at KUL Leuven in the legal domain, and point to respective resources.
How do news providers deal with user-generated content? What are current challenges, especially with regards to content ownership and copyright? Deutsche Welle’s Head of Social Media News, Kristin Zeier, tells us about current practices and respective issues.
Resources for investigative journalism are diminishing. In the digital age, this was a foreseeable evolution: publishers typically regard these pieces as time-consuming and expensive, and the results of the research are often unpredictable and potentially disappointing. In this post, Pieter-Jan Ombelet of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law analyses automated journalism (also referred to as robotic reporting) as a potential solution to combat the diminution of investigative journalism, and looks at the potential (positive and negative) impact of automated journalism on media pluralism.
On 13 may 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that individuals have a right to obtain removal of certain search results that are shown following a web search on the basis of their name. The Google Spain ruling initiated vivid discussions around the world on the so called “right to be forgotten” (RTBF).
On 16 June 2015 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered a judgement in Delfi AS v. Estonia. By fifteen votes to two, the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR ruled that there was no violation of Article 10 by the domestic courts in deciding that the Estonian news portal Delfi had not taken sufficient measures to remove unlawful comments under a news story. Pieter-Jan Ombelet and Aleksandra Kuczerawy of the KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI-CIR) provide a short summary of the case and point out the key legal issues discussed by the Grand Chamber.
On 9-10 March Peggy Valcke from iMinds-KU Leuven’s ICRI/CIR presented REVEAL at the audiovisual conference “Strengthening the European audiovisual media market – for the development of the European identity”, organized by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.