Harassment and Defamation: birthday present that went wrong, abusive websites and a theme park – Sara Mansoori

16 10 2014

BrandWhat do Russell Brand, the owner of Chessington World of Adventures and an anonymised partner of a law firm and a company director all have in common? They have all claimed to have been harassed and have sought anti-harassment injunctions over the summer. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Government announces new “revenge porn” legislation – Alexia Bedat

15 10 2014

revenge-porn-pink-methRevenge porn – the distribution of a private sexual image of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress – will become a specific offence under the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (“the Bill”), currently going through Parliament.

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RIPA, Caryatid, and the News of the World Newsdesk – The Regular Contributor

14 10 2014

News-of-the-World-006The current press outrage about police using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) makes for interesting debate. Many are surprised. But it isn’t a new police tactic. It was used at least as far back as Operation Caryatid – the original MPS investigation into phone hacking by Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: OPO v MLA, Shock and disbelief at the Court of Appeal – Dan Tench

13 10 2014

Book BanLast week’s Court of Appeal  decision in OPO v MLA ([2014] EWCA Civ 1277) week is the most bewildering judgment for many years. A man who had “obtained a high degree of distinction in his chosen career” had written a book which covered among other things his childhood sexual abuse at school.  Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 13 October 2014

13 10 2014

weekly roundupWe begin with two interesting judgments which were handed down this week, one by the High Court and one by the Court of Appeal, following hearings last term and in the summer legal vacation. Read the rest of this entry »





The Hackers Hacked and Press Freedom in Peril – Angela Phillips

12 10 2014

gchq1For the first time since the start of the hacking enquiries, the British Press is speaking with one voice in its condemnation of the police use of special powers to investigate journalists’ phone records. Read the rest of this entry »





Hate Crimes and Drag Queens in Cyber Space – Rhory Robertson and James Hooper

11 10 2014

Hate CrimesIn a new book published by Harvard University Press, “Hate Crimes in Cyber Space” Prof. Danielle Citron lays her prescription for tackling the “awful internet”. In the wake of the Fappening and innumerable cases of cyber harassment, hers is a timely and authoritative intervention. Since Prof. Citron has already testified before Parliament on cyber hate and sits on the influential Anti-Cyberhate Working Group, her book and views are likely to inform future policy and legislation towards the internet. Read the rest of this entry »








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