The long Inforrm summer break ends today. Although we have had regular postings over the summer the new legal term begins on 3 October so we will be resuming regular weekly round ups and “term time” posting.  

We will have a weekly round up later in the week covering some of the stories of the last two months and we will have a separate round up of research articles published over the summer.

The judgments handed down in courts England and abroad over the summer included:

  • O’Brien v Australian Broadcasting Corporation [2016] NSWSC 1289, McCallum J dismissed a libel action against “Media Watch” programme, defences of fair comment and contextual truth made out.
  • Zall v Zall 2016 BCSC 1730, Duncan J awarded damages of Can$125,000 to a father whose daughter had falsely accused him of being a paedophile in an internet post
  • Fleming v Advertisers News [2016] SASCFC 109, the Full Court of South Australia dismissed the appeal of a Anglican priest against the dismissal of his libel claim.
  • Middleton v Persons Unknown [2016] EWHC 2354 (QB), Whipple J continued an injunction to restrain the publication of stolen photographs.  There were comments on the 5RB site and on RightsInfo.

Other media and law developments included

The most popular Inforrm posts of the summer covered a variety of themes:

So, welcome back to our readers.  As usual, we would like to encourage contributions to debates in all areas of media related law.  Please contact us at inforrmeditorial@gmail.comif you are interested in contributing.