Book Review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (eds Hugh Tomlinson QC & Guy Vassall- Adams) – Christina Michalos

15 11 2017

Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide pretty much does what it says on the tin cover. It is a new book written collectively by media law practitioners at Matrix Chambers dealing with, surprisingly enough, claims arising out of internet publication. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Defamatory Meaning Online – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Aidan Wills

9 11 2017

One of the most common complaints about an online publication is that it makes a false statement about someone. The most obvious cause of action through which to seek redress is libel – although there may also be claims for a breach of the DPA and/or false privacy – but such a claim needs to be approached with care. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Harassment by online publication – Aidan Wills

8 11 2017

Material is often published online to promote causes, further campaigns, air grievances and raise concerns about the conduct of others. When this is done responsibly it performs an invaluable public function. The availability of free-to-use platforms to express views and to engage in public debate is among the most important benefits of the internet in general and social media in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Foreign defendants and section 9 of the Defamation Act 2013 – Darryl Hutcheon

7 11 2017

For many years there was a perception that the private international law rules applied by English courts allowed for so-called “libel tourism”, meaning the practice of opportunistic litigants (often with very limited connections to England and Wales) using English courts to bring defamation claims with much stronger connections to other jurisdictions. In enacting section 9 of the Defamation Act 2013 Parliament sought to address this concern by making it much harder for English courts to hear those kinds of claims. 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 »





Online Publication Claims: an Introduction – Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC

20 10 2017

The Internet has brought about a global communications revolution. An individual who wishes to communicate with others no longer needs a printing press or a broadcasting operation. Instead information can be communicated worldwide with a few keystrokes. Words, sounds, pictures or videos can, potentially, be communicated to the nearly 48% of the world’s population – 3.2 billion people – who are now estimated to use the internet (see ITU figures). Read the rest of this entry »