News, United States: Augmented Reality: Watch This Space, the U.S. Congress Certainly Is – Alexia Bedat

17 11 2016

augmented-reality-1Imagine never having to relive that awkward moment where the name of a person you’ve met many times before escapes you. Consider looking at billboards that advertise services or products actually tailored to your interests.  Picture reading the news and becoming immersed in the dispute that you are reading about.  Read the rest of this entry »





“Purposeful avoidance of the truth”: the other side of actual malice – Charles Glasser

15 11 2016

uva-frat-rolling-stoneAmerican free speech jurisprudence, particularly in matters of public concern, has long been the envy of journalists around the world, and for good reason. Over the past year, the actual malice standard of liability has been expanded to offer journalists an extraordinarily high degree of protection for erroneous statements that may damage somebody’s reputation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, United States: Nicole Eramo v Rolling Stone, Magazine Found to Have Acted with Actual Malice – Alexia Bedat

9 11 2016

rolling_stone_lawsuit-fb675-0270On Friday 4 November 4, 2016 a Charlottesville federal jury found Rolling Stone magazine liable for defaming Nicole Eramo, the former Associate Dean of the University of Virginia (“UVA”), in its now infamous article “A Rape on Campus”. Eramo sued Rolling Stone and the author of the story, Sabrine Erdely, for $7.5 million in reputational damages. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Melania Trump issues English libel proceedings against the Daily Mail

11 10 2016

melania-trumpMelania Trump, the wife of the controversial US Presidential candidate has issued libel proceedings in London against the Daily Mail over an article it published on 20 August 2016. Read the rest of this entry »





Summer Round Up: Research and Resources

8 10 2016

Resource RoundupThe past two months have produced a rich crop of articles on media and legal issues which may be of interest to readers of Inforrm. We list these under five headings:  Free Speech and Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection, Interception and Surveillance, Cyberbullying and European Convention on Human Rights. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Melania Trump’s US Libel Action against MailOnline, what are its prospects of success?

2 09 2016

On 1 September 2016, Melania Trump issued libel proceedings in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland, against the New York based US publisher of MailOnline, Mail Media Inc, and a US blogger named Webster Griffin Tarpley.  The Complaint can be found here [pdf].  It seems that, under US libel law, such a claim is highly unlikely to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »





Kanye West’s Video “Famous”: A Celebrity (Legal) Hotbed? – Alexia Bedat

2 07 2016

Kanye West FamousOn Friday 24 June 2016, Kanye West premiered the 10:44 minute music video for his single “Famous” at the Los Angeles Forum (now available exclusively on Tidal – Jay Z’s streaming music service). Read the rest of this entry »