United States: A Collection of Articles Commemorating Zeran v. AOL the key decision on Section 230 immunity

18 11 2017

Two US academics, Eric Goldman and Jeff Kosseff, have put together an interesting collection of articles on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the pivotal decision in Zeran v AOL – which they describe as “internet law’s most important decision“. Read the rest of this entry »





Pulling at the Curtain, Social Media and Jury Trials – Paul Wragg

17 11 2017

Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney General, has issued a call for evidence on the impact of social media on criminal trials.  “Our Contempt of Court laws are designed to prevent trial by media, however, are they able to protect against trials by social media?Read the rest of this entry »





Paradise and Prostitutes: Time for a Sectional Standards Test? – Adam Speker

16 11 2017

Is it defamatory to mistakenly call a Remainer a Brexiteer or a Brexiteer a Remainer? Surely not you would say and you would be right. After all, in 1907 it was not defamatory to describe a Free Trader as a Protectionist or a Protectionist as a Free Trader. But why would you be right? Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (eds Hugh Tomlinson QC & Guy Vassall- Adams) – Christina Michalos

15 11 2017

Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide pretty much does what it says on the tin cover. It is a new book written collectively by media law practitioners at Matrix Chambers dealing with, surprisingly enough, claims arising out of internet publication. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Einarsson v Iceland, Defamation on social media and Article 8 – María Rún Bjarnadóttir

14 11 2017

In recent years, Icelandic courts have struggled to apply standards and methodology developed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in cases regarding the balancing of freedom of expression and rights to private life. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 13 November 2017

13 11 2017

On 7 November 2017 the first meeting of the Media and Communications List User Group took place at the Royal Courts of Justice.  Warby J was in the chair and welcomed a large group of Court users including solicitors, inhouse lawyers, barristers and NGOs.  Read the rest of this entry »





CJEU Advocate General opines on the definition of a data controller, applicable national law, and jurisdiction under data protection law – Henry Pearce

12 11 2017

Last month, Advocate General (AG) Bot of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered an opinion which, although non-binding in nature, could potentially have far-reaching consequences for the development of data protection law in the EU. Read the rest of this entry »