“Constitute”: the new website digitizing the world’s constitutions

30 09 2013

constituteGoogle Ideas has supported the Comparative Constitutions Project to build a new website, Constitute.  This is a new site that digitizes and makes searchable the world’s constitutions. Constitute enables readers to browse and search constitutions via curated and tagged topics, as well as by country and year. The Comparative Constitutions Project has cataloged and tagged nearly 350 themes. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 30 September 2013

30 09 2013

Media and Law RoundupThis the first round up of the new legal term for what is likely to be a busy autumn.  The first major developments are likely to concern the Leveson process – with the new President of the Queen’s Bench Division giving evidence to the Culture Media and Sport Committee the week after next. We like to keep readers up to date will all developments in the legal and media field. Please let us know about any judgments, forthcoming cases or events. We can be contacted at inforrmeditorial@gmail.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm: End of the Summer Break

29 09 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe long Inforrm summer break ends today.  With the new legal term beginning on 1 October we are resuming our regular weekly round ups and “term time” posting.  There are a number of developments to look forward to this autumn – with several libel trials and important appeals due to be heard.  On the media regulation front, it seems likely that the Cross-Party Royal Charter will be sealed by the Privy Council very shortly – perhaps as early as the 9 October 2013.  And the following day Lord Justice Leveson will be giving evidence to the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Cyber-bullying: What happens next? – Rhory Robertson and Aimee Stevens

28 09 2013

Cyber BullyingCyber-bullying is on the increase and remedies for the abused are not keeping pace. Celebrities such as Coleen Nolan, Antony Costa and Duncan James have recently reported threats made to them on Twitter to the police. But the problem is not limited to just the rich and famous. More and more teenagers are being targeted and abused by their peers. Read the rest of this entry »

New Publication: Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013

27 09 2013

Blackstone's Guide to Defamation ActA new guide to the Defamation Act 2013, written by barristers from media chambers 5RB, was published on 19 September by Oxford University Press.  Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act is edited by James Price QC and Felicity McMahon and provides a section by section analysis of the Act. Read the rest of this entry »

Austria: Reminder, social media does not exist in a legal vacuum – Axel Anderl and Andreas Seling

26 09 2013

Social MediaThe rise of social media in recent years has had a significant impact on people’s private lives. For instance, approximately every seventh citizen worldwide is a member of Facebook, the most well-known social media site. Other prominent social media platforms include Twitter and YouTube. These so-called ‘Web 2.0’ services have one thing in common – users themselves make content available and distribute it via the (almost unlimited) medium of the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Hong Kong: Pui Kwan Kay v Ming Pao, Responsible Journalism Defence fails

25 09 2013

Pui Kwan KayThe Hong Kong Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao Daily was ordered to pay defamation damages of HK$500,000 (£69,000) to Hong Kong Football Association vice-chairman Pui Kwan-Kay. In a ruling handed down on 6 September 2013 ([2013] HKCFI 1442) Mr Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung rejected the newspaper’s defence of “responsible journalism”. Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy: Asking the wrong question – Raymond Wacks

24 09 2013

Privacy and Media FreedomArticle 8 of the ECHR is the tottering mast upon which the banner of privacy now flutters. From  a legal standpoint, its scope is excruciatingly voluminous: the protection of the ‘right to respect for … private and family life, [and] … home’ plainly opens the door to an alarming range of activities. And the European Court has construed the article to include, inter alia, ‘physical and psychological integrity,’ protection of one’s environment, identity, and personal autonomy. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v Adkins – Employer entitled to former employee’s business emails

23 09 2013

Mr AdkinsAn employer is entitled to an order that a former employee give it access to the content of emails relating to its business affairs held on his personal computer. In Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v Adkins ([2013] EWCA Civ 886) allowed the claimant’s appeal and held that it was entitled to copies of the emails.  The question as to whether the claimant had any proprietary right in the content of the emails did not, on proper analysis, need to be decided. Read the rest of this entry »

Contempt: Niqab in court row covered the defendant’s identity – Mike Dodd

21 09 2013

Niqab CourtThe niqab at the centre of a court hearing over whether a witness could wear such a garment while giving evidence in a Crown Court covered more than the face of defendant Rebekah Dawson – it also hid her identity from the readers of most newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »