US Round Up: First Amendment and Media Law in the Courts, the Senate and on Campuses – Joseph Williams

29 11 2015

usa_mapThe major Supreme Court media law case heard in the October Term 2014 was Elonis v United States. The judgment [pdf] was handed down on 1 June 2015, and reversed and remanded the Third Circuit. The case is the first which the Supreme Court has heard on the question of speech on social media. Read the rest of this entry »

Court of Protection hearings to be held in public – Lucy Series

26 11 2015

Court of ProtectionThe Court of Protection (“CoP”) has just announced its first pilot project:  on transparency. The pilot project will reverse the presumption in the Court of Protection Rules 2007 that hearings are heard in private. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 23 November 2015

23 11 2015

Weekly Round Up 2The most important judgment of the week was in the case of Weller v Associated Newspapers ([2015] EWCA Civ 1176).  MailOnline lost its appeal against a High Court decision that the publication of seven paparazzi photos of Paul Weller’s children which were published in 2012 under the headline “A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun”. Read the rest of this entry »

Solving Data Protection Problems with e-Commerce Directive Tools – Daphne Keller

18 11 2015

e-commerceThis is one of a series of posts about the pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and its consequences for intermediaries and user speech online. In an earlier introduction and FAQ, I discussed the GDPR’s impact on both data protection law and Internet intermediary liability law. Developments culminating in the GDPR have put these two very different fields on a collision course – but they lack a common vocabulary and are in many cases animated by different goals.  Laws addressing concerns in either field without consideration for the concerns of the other can do real harm to users’ rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom to access information online. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 16 November 2015

16 11 2015

weekly-round-up-140x80The CPS will not be prosecuting former DCS Dave Cook after an IPCC investigation into Misconduct in Public Office. Byline has a comment on the issue, examining the way in which News International, through its Management and Standards Committee, shopped over a hundred sources and journalists to the Met Police in order to to avoid corporate charges in the US under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Read the rest of this entry »

#birdsandthebees: a ‘Green Cross Code’ for social media – Peter Coe

14 11 2015

Green Cross CodeSex education is a hot topic at the moment, and so it should be. The recent Channel 4 documentary ‘Sex in Class’ highlighted the general naivety of our teenagers when it came to sex and sexual health. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 9 November 2015

9 11 2015

WeeklyRoundupThe most important news story of the week in the area of media and information law was the release of the Government’s 299 page draft Investigatory Powers Bill [pdf] and 222 pages of accompanying documents. Read the rest of this entry »


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