News: Axel Springer and Von Hannover judgments announced

31 01 2012

The European Court of Human Rights has announced today that it will deliver two Grand Chamber judgments, in the cases of Axel Springer AG v Germany and von Hannover v Germany (No.2) on 7 February 2012.  The cases were both heard more than 15 months ago, on 13 October 2010. We had a post about the hearing at the time (and an earlier preview). Read the rest of this entry »





Round up of Media Law in 2011: the view from Australia – Yvonne Kux

31 01 2012

It was a big year for media and the law. Rupert Murdoch’s tacky tabloid, News of the World, closed after revelations of widespread phone hacking. The UK government released a draft Libel Reform Bill. Australia came closer to a tort of privacy, defamation trials dwindled, documentary cameras entered Australian criminal courts and everyone had something to say about the uniform Defamation Act. Read the rest of this entry »





Legal questions about Twitter ‘censorship’ and country-specific content control – Judith Townend

31 01 2012

Media reports of Twitter’s newly announced country-specific content policy have focused on the implication for authoritarian regimes low down the press freedom table.  But its application in the UK raises interesting questions too: which authorities will Twitter respond to and to what types of complaint?

Twitter has not disclosed the finer details of its policy, as it does not want “to comment on hypothetical situations“. That was the line from Twitter’s media office as well its head of global public policy, Colin Crowell who appeared in front of the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 January 2012 [Updated]

30 01 2012

Hot tubbing” featured in the Leveson Inquiry at the end of 2011, but it was a sauna that caught the headlines in the first libel trial of the year. As the Telegraph reports, details of Lord Mandelson’s visit to a Siberian steam ‘banya‘ were disclosed during Rothschild v Associated Newspapers, heard last week by Tugendhat J, without a jury. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Phone Hacking and Police Corruption – Five Operation Elveden Arrests

29 01 2012

The police have made five more arrests as part of Operation Elveden – the investigation into “inappropriate payments” to Metropolitan Police officers.  One police officer and four present or former “Sun” journalists and executives were arrested.  There have now been thirteen arrests as part of the investigaiton into payments to police officers and, in total, 32 arrests arising out of the “phone hacking” and related investigations. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Leveson Inquiry, Week 8, From the BBC to Popbitch via Bob Crow, Google and David Allen Green

28 01 2012

Leveson-inquiry-Bob-Crow-007This week the Leveson Inquiry moved away from the press and heard witnesses from broadcasters, internet and social media companies and a number of campaign groups.  It also heard from trade unionist Bob Crow and the well known blogger, David Allen Green and caught up on some issues raised in earlier evidence.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: European Data Protection reforms – the main innovations – Gervase de Wilde

27 01 2012

On 25 January 2012 the European Commission released the EU’s keenly anticipated new Data Protection Regulation and Directive.  A large array of resources, including the full text of the proposed new rules, is available on the Commission’s website. The UK’s own Information Commissioner has published an initial response to the proposals, broadly welcoming them.   Read the rest of this entry »





Why the US Web Piracy Bills walked the Plank – Kirsten Sjovoll

26 01 2012

Little introduction is needed to the furore that has resulted from two pieces of US anti-piracy legislation. The Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) and its sister bill “Protect IP [Intellectual Property] Act (“PIPA”) started out with the backing of Silicon Valley, the White House and – perhaps less helpfully – Rupert Murdoch. Yet they now find themselves very much in the dark as they are shelved by the US Senate in the aftermath of the high profile “black out” by Wikipedia and other sites. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm: New Feature – Resources

25 01 2012

Inforrm Resources

Our regular readers will have noticed a new feature on the home page this week – a “Resources” box in the right hand column.  We have introduced this to provide instant access to some resources which are useful to media lawyers but which some readers may find difficult to locate quickly. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Could Press Regulation include Libel Arbitration? – Hugh Tomlinson QC

25 01 2012

During the first seven weeks of evidence at his inquiry, Lord Justice Leveson has visited the outer reaches of journalism and ethics. But he has to look beyond the paparazzi packs and the story-lobbing editors and make practical recommendations for “effective policy and regulation”. A tempting menu of at least 12 regulatory models has been presented. The large and difficult question is which of these is at once practical and strikes the right balance between individuals, the public, and the press. Read the rest of this entry »








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