Journalism needs to practice transparency in a different way to rebuild credibility – Michael Palanski and Andrea Hickerson

31 03 2019

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Public trust in media continues to hover near all-time lows, driven by perceptions that the news industry is partisan and peddles inaccurate information (“fake news”), as well as ambivalence about news from social media. Read the rest of this entry »

Cars are regulated for safety: why not information technology? – Moshe Y Vardi

30 03 2019

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As the computing industry grapples with its role in society, many people, both in the field and outside it, are talking about a crisis of ethics. Read the rest of this entry »

Politicians suing for defamation is usually a bad idea: here’s why – Michael Douglas

29 03 2019

File 20190318 28487 aa8az9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When The Project host Waleed Aly began his editorial in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, he apologised that “these won’t be my best words”. Read the rest of this entry »

Publication and Privacy Proceedings CFAs, abolition of success fees, some practical guidance – Emma Foubister

28 03 2019

In November 2018, the Government announced that from 6 April 2019 conditional fee agreement (‘CFA’) success fees would no longer be recoverable from opponents in defamation and privacy claims. Read the rest of this entry »

Irresponsible ad related to Brexit is banned by the Advertising Standards Authority – Alexandros K. Antoniou

27 03 2019

On 5 March 2019, a Manchester-based FinTech company was found in breach of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising (CAP Code) over a Brexit-related online advertisement, which put emotional pressure on readers to take out a short-term loan. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Privacy Injunction Statistics for 2018, five applications recorded, substantial reduction from 2017

26 03 2019

The Ministry of Justice has published the privacy injunction statistics for 2018.  These record a total of 5 new interim privacy injunction applications. Of these 3 were granted, one was refused and one was withdrawn. The statistics are to be found in Section 7 of the Civil Justice Quarterly for October to December 2018 [pdf], published earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 25 March 2019 [Updated]

25 03 2019

This week saw the announcement of the dissolution of the long established media law set, 1 Brick Court, headed by Lord Garnier QC.  We had a post about this and there were also stories in the Law Society Gazette and on Legal Cheek. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Australia: O’Reilly v Edgar, Fact free Facebook Posts, $250,000 damages – Gabrielle Hunter

24 03 2019

In the case of O’Reilly v Edgar ([2019] QSC 24) the Supreme Court of Queensland awarded Kelvin O’Reilly, the CEO of a go-kart racing organisation, $270 658.71 in damages, including aggravated damages, for defamatory posts by a Facebook troll. Read the rest of this entry »

The EU is trying to protect your memes: but it’s a battle against humourless algorithms – Sabine Jacques

23 03 2019

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The European parliament will vote at the end of March 2019 on a proposal to reform EU copyright law. Under this proposal, online platforms arguably have to introduce technological filters to tackle copyright infringements. This will be of particular interest to people who make satirical memes or parodies based on online content such as art or films, much of which is subject to copyright protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Preventing social media harm: an idea – Simon Carne

22 03 2019

There are widespread calls to regulate social media. Hardly a day goes by without some new outrage which eclipses what we have seen already. One of the great problems for anyone wishing to put a stop to the abuse is that social media users can easily make themselves anonymous Read the rest of this entry »