The Legal Protection of Cultural Diversity in a Digital Networked Environment (NCCR Trade Regulation)

DURATION OF THE PROJECT: September 2005 - August 2009

At the centre of the eDiversity project were the implications of digital technologies upon content industries, the resulting shift in the distribution of cultural content from traditional channels (such as cinema theatres, books, music discs and analogue broadcasting) towards digital environments and the impact of this shift upon the legal protection of cultural diversity. The plethora of questions arising in this context was analysed against the background of the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the decisions taken in the framework of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 

In the context of the overall NCCR "Trade Regulation", an intrinsic goal of individual project (IP) 7, eDiversity, was to overcome the existing fragmentation in the field of content regulation, in particular with regard to the protection of cultural diversity in digital networked environments. The approach of eDiversity was essentially interdisciplinary and encompassed tools from law, economics, political science, media science and sociology.

The project was part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR):  Trade Regulation.



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