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Day: 11 March 2012

Hearing: Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom in the Grand Chamber, Applicant’s Counsel’s Speech

On Wednesday 7 March 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights heard the application in the Article 10 case of Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom.   A 17 judge court (with 3 substitute judges) presided over by Belgian Judge, Françoise Tulkens, heard oral submissions from Martin Chamberlain on behalf of the United Kingdom Government and Hugh Tomlinson QC on behalf of the Applicant.  There were no questions from the bench. Judgment was reserved and is likely to be delivered later in the year. Continue reading

Tamiz v Google: Notice and no-takedown – Daithí Mac Síthigh

The recent decision in Tamiz v Google (High Court, Eady J) comes at a very important time for the debate on the liability of Internet intermediaries. The draft Defamation Bill is being considered in the UK (new Government response), Ireland’s comprehensive review of copyright law is taking flight (excellent consultation paper just out – more on that soon), and the European Commission is preparing a ‘horizontal initiative’ on the liability provisions (articles 12-15) of the E-Commerce Directive. Continue reading

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