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Month: December 2019 (Page 2 of 3)

“I’m a celebrity (of sorts), but don’t share my private information with the public!”, Part 2 – Jeremy Clarke-Williams and Nilly Tabatabai

The tension between the tabloids and those in the public eye reached a crescendo in October with the legal actions brought by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Duchess issued a claim against the publishers of The Mail on Sunday for misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018 in relation to the publication (in February 2019) of what she said was an edited version of a handwritten private letter she had sent to her estranged father. Continue reading

Ireland: Man wins ‘fleeting defamation’ case and is awarded €500, should the law of defamation really concern itself with such a trifle? – Eoin O’Dell

The latin maxim “de minimis non curat lex” is usually translated as “the law does not concern itself with trifles”, meaning the courts will not consider trifling matters. Christmas may be the time for trifles (like the Christmas trifle pictured right), but the Courts are not the place for them. Continue reading

We need a full public service internet: state-owned infrastructure is just the start – Christian Fuchs

The UK Labour Party’s 2019 election manifesto contains plans to bring BT’s internet infrastructure business into public ownership by creating British Broadband and to roll out and provide superfast broadband free to all households and businesses. This would be funded via a digital tax on the profits of internet giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. Continue reading

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