Law and Media Round Up – 25 March 2019

25 03 2019

This week saw the announcement of the dissolution of the long established media law set, 1 Brick Court, headed by Lord Garnier QC.  We had a post about this and there were also stories in the Law Society Gazette and on Legal Cheek. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: O’Reilly v Edgar, Fact free Facebook Posts, $250,000 damages – Gabrielle Hunter

24 03 2019

In the case of O’Reilly v Edgar ([2019] QSC 24) the Supreme Court of Queensland awarded Kelvin O’Reilly, the CEO of a go-kart racing organisation, $270 658.71 in damages, including aggravated damages, for defamatory posts by a Facebook troll. Read the rest of this entry »





The EU is trying to protect your memes: but it’s a battle against humourless algorithms – Sabine Jacques

23 03 2019

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The European parliament will vote at the end of March 2019 on a proposal to reform EU copyright law. Under this proposal, online platforms arguably have to introduce technological filters to tackle copyright infringements. This will be of particular interest to people who make satirical memes or parodies based on online content such as art or films, much of which is subject to copyright protection. Read the rest of this entry »





Preventing social media harm: an idea – Simon Carne

22 03 2019

There are widespread calls to regulate social media. Hardly a day goes by without some new outrage which eclipses what we have seen already. One of the great problems for anyone wishing to put a stop to the abuse is that social media users can easily make themselves anonymous Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm: Spring Cleaning the Blogroll – John-Paul Tettmar-Saleh

22 03 2019

Now that spring has officially arrived, it seemed a good time to do a little spring cleaning on the Inforrm blog roll.  We have dusted away moth-eaten links to inactive sites and buffed it up with some new sites. Read the rest of this entry »





Forcing online platforms to remove footage of violent attacks: could privacy help? – Jelena Gligorijevic

21 03 2019

The attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week saw the perpetrator publish footage of his violent attack, as it was happening, online. That footage was republished on various platforms as well as by some news media outlets. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Specialist Media Barristers’ Chambers One Brick Court announces dissolution

20 03 2019

One Brick Court, the long established set of specialist media law barristers has announced today that it is to dissolve, with effect from 24 June 2019. The set has explained that the dissolution is due to “recent unexpected departures and a retirement“. Read the rest of this entry »