Law and Media Round Up – 12 November 2018

12 11 2018

On 13 and 14 November 2019 the Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Wilson, Sumption, Hodge and Briggs) will hear the appeal in the most important defamation case if the year – Lachaux v Independent Print.  The Court will consider the meaning of “serious harm” under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland, enforced in Pakistan, and a problem in many Christian and Muslim countries

11 11 2018

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The citizens of Ireland voted recently, in a nationwide referendum, to remove a clause from their constitution that had made blasphemy a criminal offence. Ireland’s now-defunct Defamation Act of 2009 prohibited the “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.” Read the rest of this entry »





Bob the Builder: can IPSO fix it? – Paul Magrath

8 11 2018

The Transparency Project referred a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation after the Daily Mail refused to correct substantive inaccuracies in a headline and article about a family court judgment. Read the rest of this entry »





Entering the Era of Internet Accountability: The Implications for Copyright – Hugh Stephens

7 11 2018

I recently had the honour to be invited to give a guest lecture to the Copyright Society of Australia in Sydney. My talk focussed on how the Internet has evolved over the past twenty years, leading to a severe imbalance between Internet platforms and the creative community because of the abuse and misuse of safe harbours, and how recent events have put the big platforms in the spotlight—indeed in the crosshairs of the public and politicians. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: Lachaux v Independent Print, Supreme Court to hear “serious harm” appeal – Mathilde Groppo

6 11 2018

On Tuesday and Wednesday 13 and 14 November 2018, the Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Wilson, Sumption, Hodge and Briggs) will hear the appeal in Lachaux (Respondent) v Independent Print Limited and another (Appellants) UKSC 2017/0175, against the Court of Appeal decision of Davis LJ, with whom MacFarlane and Sharp LJJ concurred ([2017] EWCA Civ 1334). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 5 November 2018

5 11 2018

On 29 October 2018 Lord Speaker Lord Fowler issued a statement on parliamentary privilege. The statement comes in the aftermath of Lord Hain’s naming of Sir Philip Green despite an interim injunction being in place, relying upon parliamentary privilege. Read the rest of this entry »





Philip Green Injunction: is anonymity for celebrities really worth the potential backlash? – Ashley Hurst and Alex Vakil

4 11 2018

The disclosure by Lord Hain in Parliament that Sir Philip Green was the individual who had obtained an anonymous privacy injunction against the Telegraph has once again cast doubt on the effectiveness of such injunctions against the press. Read the rest of this entry »