Google v Duffy, No clear result in law applying to search engines – David Rolph

15 10 2017

The long-awaited decision from SA’s Full Supreme Court does little to clarify the perplexing issue of how a search engine is liable for defamation, writes Sydney University media law academic Professor David Rolph … The judgment raises more questions than it answers in relation to publication, intention and knowledge

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Case Law, Australia: Google Inc v Duffy, Appeal court finds Google liable for publication of defamatory content of snippets and hyperlinked articles – Hugh Tomlinson QC

8 10 2017

In an important judgment handed down on 4 October 2017 in the case of Google Inc v Duffy ([2017] SASFC 130 [pdf]) the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Australia upheld the decision of Blue J ([2015] SASC 170) that Google Inc was liable for the defamatory content of the hyperlinks and paragraphs in search results on the claimant’s name (see our comment on the first instance decision). Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: The exorbitant injunction in X v Twitter – Michael Douglas

4 10 2017

The NSW Supreme Court has issued a global injunction enjoining overseas defendants to remove tweets of a corporate leaker … Sydney University media law academic Michael Douglas reviews the case, and the injunction.

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Australia: Whose interests? Why defining the ‘public interest’ is such a challenge – Jane Johnston

22 09 2017
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The “public interest” is a political concept that’s regularly trotted out along with other democratic principles such as transparency and accountability. And, like transparency and accountability, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what it means. Read the rest of this entry »





Beyond cats and Kardashians: can journalism satisfy audiences without dumbing down? – Peter Fray

19 09 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd, Rebel Wilson awarded defamation damages of $4.5 million

18 09 2017

On 13 September 2017, Dixon J handed down judgment in the case of Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 521.  He awarded Rebel Wilson a total of Aus$4,567,472 in defamation damages against Bauer Media Pty Ltd and Bauer Media Australia Pty Ltd (“Bauer Media”). Read the rest of this entry »





Digging for dirt in the digital age: the trouble with journalism and doxing – Colette Snowden

30 08 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them. Read the rest of this entry »