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 »

US: Appeals court upholds net neutrality rules, why you should care – Amanda Lotz

27 06 2016

LaptopIf you like binge-watching Netflix, streaming audio or online gaming, then you should be celebrating. And if your business depends on reaching a wide audience online, you should join in. Read the rest of this entry »

The Trumpification of the US media: why chasing news values distorts politics – Stephen Cushion

11 03 2016

Outside the US, the prospect of Donald Trump being elected president is typically met with a mixture of amusement and alarm. After all, how can a billionaire reality TV star become the most powerful leader in the world when he proposes building a giant wall to prevent Mexican immigrants coming to the US and banning all Muslims from entering the country? Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Trump wants US libel laws to be more like those in Australia – Sally McCausland

5 03 2016

TrumpDonald Trump recently said that if elected President he would “open up our libel laws so when [newspapers] write purposely negative stories…we can sue them and make lots of money”. That sounds eerily familiar to observers here in Australia, where there is a long history of politicians suing or threatening to sue the news media. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

United States: The Police Department, the Blog and Defamation – Susan Brenner

7 11 2015

NHSupremeCt copyThis post examines an opinion the Supreme Court of New Hampshire recently issued in a civil case: McCarthy v. Manchester Police Department, 2015 WL 5559880 (2015). As usual, the court begins the opinion by explaining how, and why, the lawsuit arose. Read the rest of this entry »