Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C4310
Module Title: Media Law and the Digital Environment 2
Title: Media Law and the Digital Environment 2
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Eileen Doyle
Module Author:: Pauline McHugh
Module Description: The aim of this module is to guide the learner through a course of study, which should enable him/her gain
knowledge of the practical laws which impact on working in the field of traditional and digital media in the courts, publishing, broadcasting, and sales and marketing
and to assist the student to develop the analytical skills required to apply their legal knowledge in various media contexts
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Demonstrate an ability to analyse the role of the media in the administration of justice in our courts, and identify the circumstances that give rise to contempt of court in an era of digital commentary and communication.
LO2 Illustrate an understanding of the constituent elements of the right to a good name, defamation and the available defences to defamation actions in line with emerging media developments such as Twitter etc. and be able to apply it to avoid/solve problems
LO3 Identify and distinguish between the various types of intellectual property in the context of both traditional media and digital media and display understanding of the laws that apply to online sales and marketing.
LO4 Explore and research the personal, social, cultural, legal and ethical concerns in relation to the ownership, control and regulation of the media and be able to explain same.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Media and the Courts (Open Justice)
Court reporting • Exclusion of the Media from Court • Reporting Restrictions/Rules against disclosure of vulnerable victims/parties in court cases • Contempt of Court o Procedure • interfering with the administration of justice and right to fair trial /reform in a digital era
• Defamation Act 2009 • Balancing Reputation with Freedom of Expression •Elements of a cause of action, publication (Twitter, facebook etc.). • defences, • Injunctions •reform
Regulation of Broadcasting and the Press in Ireland
Analysis of who/what are ‘organs of the media’ (as per Art 40.6 of Constitution)/ journalists-eg bloggers Etc• The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and regulation of broadcasting content and conduct• The Press Council and Ombudsman and regulation of print and online media• The Codes of Practice • Protection of journalistic sources • Regulation of online journalism and reform
Media ownership
• Competition o Mergers o •media plurality
Intellectual Property Rights
Copyright law(literary, music, film), Performance rights • Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 • Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019 • Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive)
Media and E-commerce
European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”)-regarding online sales, consumer rights to cancel, rights to info, rights to repair/replace/refund when buy online • Rules regarding advertising: Consumer Protection Act 2007 and EU Regulations on misleading advertising, Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland Code, CCPC
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%


Full Time

No Continuous Assessment
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 100
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Reassessment Requirement
Exam Board
It is at the discretion of the Examination Board as to what the qualifying criteria are.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00 36
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93 89
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Eoin Carolan,Ailbhe O'Neill. (2019), Media Law in Ireland, 2nd Ed.. Bloomsbury Professional, p.688, [ISBN: 9781784518004].
  • Marie McGonagle,Sharon McLaughlin,Tarlach McGonagle. (2018), Media Law in Ireland, 2nd Ed.. Kluwer Law International, [ISBN: 9789403500232].
  • Robert Clark,Shane Smyth,Niamh Hall. (2016), Intellectual Property Law in Ireland, 4th Ed.. Bloomsbury Professional, p.1000, [ISBN: 9781780435411].
  • Mary Donnelly (Law teacher),Fidelma White. (2014), Consumer Law, Round Hall, [ISBN: 9780414035256].
  • Patrick Ambrose. (2015), The Law of Advertising in Ireland, Bloomsbury Publishing, p.752, [ISBN: 9781780438436].
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • JustisOne.
  • Westlaw.
  • LexisNexis LNB Legal.
Other Resources
Discussion Note: