Hacked Off: Why we should be “furious” with the Daily Express – Rachel Baugh

31 08 2014

front-Daily-ExpressThe front page of The Daily Express on 27 August 2014  contained the headline “Fury Over Britain’s 2M Illegal Migrants”. Sensational headlines are not new but this particular story goes beyond mere sensation, and should deeply worry anyone who values basic journalism standards. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A landmark judgment – David Rolph

28 08 2014

gazetteNSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum’s decision last week to permanently stay Roland Bleyer’s defamation proceedings against Google Inc (Bleyer v Google [2014] NSWSC 897) is a landmark judgment for two reasons.

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Wikipedia and the Right to be Forgotten… or why Jimmy Wales might want to support a right to delete – Paul Bernal

27 08 2014

Jimmy WalesOne of the more strident critics of the Google Spain ruling by the ECJ, bringing into action at least a form of the much derided ‘right to be forgotten’, has been Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. Read the rest of this entry »





Interview: Julian Petley, Press Freedom, Press Regulation and the Public Interest

26 08 2014

Julian-Petley-Film-and-TVJulian Petley, one of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media, Summary Summer Round Up – 25 August 2014

25 08 2014

summerThis is the second of our Summary Summer Round Ups (the first was published on 11 August 2014) to draw the attention of readers to interesting news stories, events and cases over the past fortnight. Read the rest of this entry »





Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes? – Amber Melville-Brown

23 08 2014

Jennifer Aniston. She’s funny; she’s gorgeous; she’s smart; she’s successful. She looks like a real pal for a convivial chat over coffee, a great gal for a hilarious hoot over cocktails. The Friends star should be constantly out with friends in the real world. But instead, she is staying home alone to avoid cyber foes in the online world. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Bleyer v Google Inc, “Search results” libel action stayed as “disproportionate” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

22 08 2014

Roland BleyerIn the case of Bleyer v Google ([2014] NSWSC 897) the Supreme Court of New South Wales stayed a libel action  against Google Inc based on defamatory snippets because the resources of the court and the parties that would be expended were disproportionate to the plaintiff’s interest in obtaining vindication.  In the course of her judgment McCallum J held that Google was not the publisher of the results produced by its search engine. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Yeo v Times Newspapers, Judge dismisses Times application for jury trial and determines meaning – Media Lawyer

21 08 2014

Tim YeoIn a judgment handed down on 20 August 2014 in the case Yeo v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWHC 2853 (QB)) Mr Justice Warby decided that the trial of a defamation action brought against the Sunday Times by senior Conservative MP Tim Yeo will take place without a jury.  The Judge dismissed an application by the newspaper’s publisher, Times Newspaper Ltd, for a jury trial.  He went on to determine the meaning of the words complained of. Read the rest of this entry »





IBC Media Law Summer School – 27 to 29 August 2014, 50% for discount for Inforrm Readers

20 08 2014

Downing_College,_Cambridge_-_Chapel_(1)IBC Legal has organised the inaugural Media Law Summer School at Downing College, Cambridge.  This is a three day residential school, with separately bookable days, providing a thorough review of the key legal issues relevant to the media industry, with practical sessions, workshops, case studies and lectures to be presented by industry leaders.  There is a special discount of 50% available to Inforrm readers, details of which are set out below. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm Summer Break

18 08 2014

VacationThe Inforrm blog is taking a summer break for a few weeks. We thank all our readers and contributors who have supported us over the past year.  The blog has now had nearly 2.5 million page views since February 2010.  We now have 1,270 followers for the blog and 2,470 followers of our twitter feed (@inforrm). Read the rest of this entry »