Our dishonest press is too powerful: it will use propaganda to stop proper regulation – Jonathan Coad

25 01 2017

brexit-speechDuring the Leveson Inquiry, there was, apparently, an intense David versus Goliath battle being fought by Fleet Street. Read the rest of this entry »





Arbitration for the press is necessary, but it must cover all media – Alastair Brett

24 01 2017

brettThe war between the government and the press over section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, or rather between the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) and Impress, is artificial and wholly unnecessary. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Kapsis v Greece, Calling an Actress “Completely Unknown” is Not Defamatory – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

23 01 2017

ta-nea-20120210The Greek courts were wrong to hold the director of a Greek newspaper and one of its journalists liable for describing an actress recently appointed to an advisory board as “completely unknown”. The Court of Human Rights so decided on 19 January 2017 in Kapsis and Danikas v. Greece (application no. 52137/12)(available only in French). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 January 2017

23 01 2017

weekly-roundupThe inauguration of President Donald J Trump on 20 January 2017 was the biggest media story in the world this week.  The 45th President’s activities over the next 4 years are likely to provide some interesting media law stories. Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2017 – Graham Smith

22 01 2017

internetA preview of some of the UK internet legal developments that we can expect in 2017. Any proposed EU legislation will be subject to Brexit considerations and so may never happen in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »





Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

21 01 2017

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »





The Facebook Ireland cases: Intermediary Liability and Defences under the E-Commerce Regulations, Part 2, Comment – Aidan Wills

21 01 2017

e-commerceThe liability of intermediaries, such as social media companies, and the scope of the defences under the 2002 Regulations/e-Commerce Directive is a matter of considerable significance as many thousands of content-related complaints are made on a daily basis.

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United States: Congress to Weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act? – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

20 01 2017

cda-230The protections that courts have given to online publishers under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996 (the “CDA”) just may have gone too far. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia’s privacy laws gutted in court ruling on what is ‘personal information’ – Jake Goldenfein

20 01 2017

smart-phonesIn possibly Australia’s most important privacy case to date, the Federal Court today severely gutted Australia’s information privacy laws by narrowing the definition of “personal information”. Read the rest of this entry »





The Facebook Ireland cases: Intermediary Liability and defences under the E-Commerce Regulations, Part 1, the Judgments – Aidan Wills

20 01 2017

FacebookThe courts in Northern Ireland have handed down two important judgments on the civil liability of social media companies for content posted by users. Read the rest of this entry »