Australia: Rebel Wilson’s $4.56m win amid Bauer bungle – Stuart Gibson

31 10 2017

Last month, the Victorian Supreme Court awarded $4.56 million to Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who had successfully sued Woman’s Day publisher Bauer Media over articles which branded Wilson as a serial liar.

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Law and Media Round Up – 30 October 2017 [Updated]

30 10 2017

The House of Lords begins the Committee Stage of the Data Protection Bill on 30 October 2017.  Day 2 will be a week on Monday.  There are thirty two pages of amendments [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny – Will Dinan

29 10 2017

File 20171024 30571 5itezi.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadn’t prepared a better crisis strategy to deal with the fall-out. Read the rest of this entry »

Remedies in defamation and the public interest: some thoughts from the vault – Godwin Busuttil

28 10 2017

I was interested to read Mr Justice Warby’s remarks about remedies in defamation cases in his recent address to the Annual Conference of the Media Law Resource Center.  Read the rest of this entry »

News: Google in Colombia, Constitutional Court orders deletion of defamatory Blogger material

27 10 2017

The latest episode in the Google litigation story has been written by the Colombian Constitutional Court. In the case of Fierro Calcedo v Google Inc (Judgment T-063A/17, in Spanish) that court ordered Google Inc, as the owner of “” to delete a blog which anonymously alleged that the claimant was guilty of fraud.  Read the rest of this entry »

Online Publication Claims: Norwich Pharmacal orders and Jurisdiction Issues – Kirsten Sjøvoll

26 10 2017

Norwich Pharmacal orders may be made against individuals or companies who are not guilty of any wrongdoing but who are involved in that wrongdoing and can provide relevant information to an intended claimant. Norwich Pharmacal orders are now commonly sought against ISPs in order to compel disclosure of information held by them about their users. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Fuchsmann v Germany, Refusal to grant website defamation injunction did not breach Article 8 – Emma Foubister

25 10 2017

In Fuchsmann v Germany, the Fifth Section of the European Court of Human Rights held that an entrepreneur’s Article 8 rights were not violated by the publication of an article linking him to Russian organised crime. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Huda v Wells, Osteopath fails in bid to serve out over complaint to regulator – Media Lawyer

24 10 2017

In the case of Huda v Wells ([2017] EWHC 2553 (QB)) Nicklin J held that information submitted to the osteopaths’ regulatory body was protected by absolute privilege and could not be the subject of an action for defamation or malicious falsehood. Read the rest of this entry »

United States: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence – Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat

24 10 2017

A photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie recently settled a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image.  The lower court had denied the monkey a copyright, but the parties decided to settle before facing the appeals court. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 23 October 2017 [Updated]

23 10 2017

In a judgment handed down on 20 October 2017, Nicol J held that a statement in a Home Office press release which meant that Dr Salman Butt was “an extremist hate speaker who legitimises terrorism” was a statement of opinion rather than fact.  There was a One Brick Court case comment. Read the rest of this entry »