Anonymous posters and the new Defamation Act: the draft regulations – Graham Smith

29 08 2013

Anonymous PosterSection 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 provides (or will do when the Act comes into force) a complete defence from a defamation claim for a website operator who can show that it did not post the statement on the website.  This is a significant new protection for website operators. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: Time for the Twitter Police? – Matthew Himsworth

27 08 2013

TwitterOver recent weeks there has been a welcome debate on trolling and online abuse. One of the main questions has been – who bears the responsibility of dealing with this reprehensible practice, with many pointing accusing fingers at Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »





Dissent Into Darkness: The Misuse of Law to Stifle Criticism – Oliver O’Callaghan

25 08 2013

silencing-dissentDissent is one of the key functions of a free press. Even above the provision of information, the provocation of democratic debate, or the search for truth; the ability to openly and freely criticise government is perhaps the paramount reason why we as a society enshrine the protection of the press and of speech. Read the rest of this entry »





Hackgate: Met And Murdoch – Covert Deals And Registered Concerns

23 08 2013
murdoch-yardAt the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 July 2011 the following question was asked of Sir Paul Stephenson, Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: – Read the rest of this entry »




Law and Media Review of the Legal Year: Part 3 – Easter and Trinity terms 2013

22 08 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe weekly law and media round up is on vacation, but here’s a review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year*, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013. The Inforrm case tables have also been brought up to date: Media Law cases; Defamation cases; and Privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Review of the Legal Year: Part 2 – Hilary Term 2013

21 08 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe weekly law and media round up is on vacation, but here’s a review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year*, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013. The Inforrm case tables have also been brought up to date: Media Law cases; Defamation cases; and Privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Shield Laws Tested – Peter Bartlett

20 08 2013

gazetteGina Rinehart loses sources disclosure battle as a landmark judgment in WA upholds journalists’ shield laws … Media lawyer Peter Bartlett reviews the decision in light of several current challenges. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Review of the Legal Year: Part 1 – Michaelmas Term 2012

19 08 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe weekly law and media round up is on vacation, but here’s a review of legal cases and legal developments over the legal year*, from September 2012 (just before the beginning of the legal year proper) until the end of July 2013. The Inforrm case tables have also been brought up to date: Media Law cases; Defamation cases; and Privacy cases. Read the rest of this entry »





The Section 5 Defamation Act Regulations: A complex red herring – Ashley Hurst

16 08 2013

redherring-2The Ministry of Justice (the “MOJ”) last week published its draft regulations (the “Regulations”) for the notice and take-down procedure for website operators under Section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 (“Section 5” and the “Act”).  Read the rest of this entry »





Nudging and Filtering: Internet Censorship and Mail Hypocrisy – Julian Petley

15 08 2013

The Open Rights Group is asking people to sign a petition asking David Cameron not to require Internet Service Providers to switch on ‘adult’ web filters by default, meaning that anyone who wishes to access certain kinds of material online will have to ask their ISP to switch off the filter. Read the rest of this entry »