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Level 2: Ethics and Laws

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Sean Dunn

on 23 April 2018

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Transcript of Level 2: Ethics and Laws

Topic B.1 Legal and ethical considerations
Define ethics and where they fit into the media sector.

Demonstrate your understanding of the legal considerations

Ethics can be summarised as a moral code.

sense of right and wrong
shared broadly by a society or culture.

Good and bad.

The philosophy of morals. (What we should do in difficult situations).
In the media we need to be aware of ethics of the audience who will see our work in comparison to our own 'moral compass'.

List what kinds of things could offend an audience or consumer?

How do you see yourself?

Do you say and do things that are right?

Are morals simply at matter of perspective?
Privacy Law / Data protection deals with the use of peoples personal information. These laws make sure people can't have their information used, studied or passed on without permission. Such as your personal details, passwords...

The Copyright law protects things that are owned by a certain person.

This makes sure that no one else can take credit for someones work or you can't use something without getting permission first.
Venn diagrams are an interesting way to research and catagories a topic.
Create your own and place these famous people in a 'morality scale'.

Barak Obama, Theresa May, Robert Downey JR, Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Corbyn, Leonardo DiCapprio, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Manson, Donald Trump, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, The Pope, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, David Beckham, Rihanna, Stormzy, Russell Brand, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie, The Queen, Charlie Sheen, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse.
So once the ethical boundaries have been defined. What is right and what is wrong.

We follow the 'rule of law' which enforces these choices.
bad language
diversity (lack of)
The laws relevant to media are:


Health & Safety





Data Protection
In pairs research and write a summary of these. You will be asked questions
Permission, clearance and royalties

Performing Right Society (PRS), Mechanical Copyright Protection Service (MCPS)

Copyright-free material

Fair dealing or fair use

Internet Service Providers informing customers when their internet connection has been used to infringe copyright.
The Libel law states that you can't
false information about someone that could potentially cause them harm or loss of income. Such as misquoting what someone has said.
Similar to libel however these are
and referred to as defamation / slander. Such as comments that are damaging to a person said in an interview or live broadcast.

Health and Safety law protects people from potential injury such as slip, trips and falls. It also ensures that the correct safety gear is provided and that potential hazards such as fires are risk assessed.
Equality laws focus ensuring that each individual is given the same opportunities in society. It aims to prevent discrimination based on demographics such as age, class, gender, ability, race, social background...
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