The wider significance of Peter Oborne’s resignation – Des Freedman

19 02 2015

ObornePeter Oborne’s resignation statement as chief political commentator of the Telegraph has touched a nerve for a whole number of reasons.

First, simply because of its rarity. Very few journalists are confident enough to speak out against their employers or to refuse to write stories that they don’t agree with. Richard Peppiatt’s resignation from the Daily Star on the basis of its sexist and anti-Muslim coverage was an extremely unusual case of a journalist publicly outing his bosses. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: Fenty v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, Rihanna succeeds in controlling how her image is used – Sara Mansoori

19 02 2015

riri%20tshirtRihanna’s successful claim against Topshop, which prevents it from selling t-shirts displaying a photograph of her, has been reported as being ‘a test case about the ability of celebrities to control their public image’ (see The Guardian’s report of the judgment). It was, in fact, a passing off claim and, as the Court of Appeal made clear in their decision ([2015] EWCA Civ 3), there is in English law no right to control one’s image. Read the rest of this entry »