Law and Media Round Up – 25 May 2015

25 05 2015

Weekly Round UPThe biggest media legal story of the week was the Mirror Phone Hacking judgment handed down by Mr Justice Mann on 21 May 2015.  This is generally seen as marking a turning point in phone hacking litigation. Although there have been several hundred claims against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers this is the first time there has a been a public judgment on damages. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Bullying: some unanswered questions about the outing of Abby #Milifandom – Peter Jukes

23 05 2015

MilifandomI’m not going to rehearse the sorry history of Sun on Sunday columnist and former Conservative MP who has spent the last two weeks attacking the 17 year old behind the #Milifandom phenomenon. The young student has had enough grief as it is, and Louise Mensch’s words speak for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 18 May 2015

18 05 2015

Round New 2On Friday 15 April 2015, former News of the World editor and Downing Street head of communications Andy Coulson, pleaded not guilty to perjury at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh. Read the rest of this entry »

Four reasons why a partisan press helped win it for the Tories – Steven Barnett

15 05 2015

Press ElectionBarack Obama’s hugely experienced aide David Axelrod – who advised Ed Miliband on his campaign – was unequivocal about the press hostility which he faced in the run-up to this election: “I’ve worked in aggressive media environments before but not this partisan.” Read the rest of this entry »

Data Privacy and Intermediary Liability: Striking a balance between privacy, reputation, innovation and freedom of expression, Part 1 – Ashley Hurst

14 05 2015

Ashley HurstThis two part post looks at why the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “DPA”), as derived from the Data Protection Directive 1995 (the “DP Directive”) has suddenly, over 25 years since its enactment, become the weapon of choice for reputation managers and in doing so created a thorny new set of problems, particularly for internet intermediaries. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowd Funding: Reporting the Coulson Perjury Trial – James Doleman

14 05 2015

Coulson and SheridanA year before the News of the World phone-hacking scandal exploded in 2011 with the news that the paper’s employees had intercepted the messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson was called as a witness at Glasgow High Court at the trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan. Read the rest of this entry »

India: Intermediary liability regime, a historic opportunity missed by the Supreme Court – J Sai Deepak

13 05 2015

India Supreme-Court1Ever since the pronouncement of the judgment by the Supreme Court [pdf] on March 24, 2015 in what I prefer to call the “IT Writ Petitions” (since they went beyond Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000), a lot has been written on mainstream and alternative forums on the striking down of Section 66A (see this Inforrm post). Read the rest of this entry »


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