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Month: October 2018 (Page 2 of 4)

Case Law, Australia: Bolton v Stoltenberg, Facebook libel award of $100,000, An excess of unreasonableness – Stephen Murray

Facebook attack on Mayor of Narrabri … $100,000 damages … Whether posts had been published … Extent of readership … Defences of common law and statutory qualified privilege rejected … No malice, just “stupidity, bias and carelessness” … Injunction … “Liking” is not the same as publishing a post … Stephen Murray reports. Continue reading

Media Law Podcast Launched – Tom Bennett and Paul Wragg

The Media Law Podcast published its debut episode last week. It is the first in a new series that will see founding presenters Tom Bennett (City University) and Paul Wragg (Leeds University) being joined by guest speakers to discuss news and current “hot topics” in UK Media Law. The podcast will publish episodes several times a year, with the long-term aim of producing monthly outputs. Is a resource that will be useful for students, academics and practitioners in the fields of law, journalism and media/communications. Continue reading

Google and the Right to be Forgotten, Four Case Studies – My Clean Slate

When dealing with Google, it is good to bear in mind that their erasure policy is both erratic and random.  The Right to be Forgotten seems to depend on the individual who is dealing with a request and whether they have had a good or bad day.  There have been a number of odd – indeed, downright inconsistent decisions over the past six months which illustrate the problem. Learning on the job does not quite capture it. Continue reading

Spent Convictions: The Foibles of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act within the Context of Internet Permanence – Samuel McCann

The shockwaves of a criminal conviction can be felt far beyond the conclusion of any sentence; the stigma of criminality often frustrates social interaction and employment long into the future. The prospect of being labelled a ‘criminal’ by the State can frequently be as great a source of consternation as the punishment itself. Continue reading

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