CIA hacking Q&A: can your TV spy on you and is your phone listening in? – Daniele Sgandurra

10 03 2017

WikiLeaks has released thousands of documents that appear to show how the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is able to spy on smartphones, computers and other internet-connected devices. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, US: Porco v Lifetime Entertainment, Axe Murderers Have Image Rights Too – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

1 03 2017

porcoOn 23 February 2017, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, decided that Christopher Porco, the man convicted in 2006 of killing his father and attempting to kill his mother with an axe while they slept in their home, has a claim under New York’s Civil Rights Law § 50 and 51 (Porco v Lifetime Entertainment Servs., LLC 2017 NY Slip Op 01421). Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s America: the land of the not-so-free press- Ivor Gaber

31 01 2017

The Trump offensive – in both senses of the word – against the media continues unabated. The already fraught relationship now appears to have taken a more sinister turn with the news that six journalists who were arrested while covering anti-Trump protests in Washington during the inauguration have been charged with felony rioting and could face lengthy jail terms. Read the rest of this entry »





#spicerfacts: how the White House’s relationship with the press will play out – Jon Herbert

26 01 2017

Journalists would have anticipated the first press conference of the Trump presidency with some trepidation. Not only had his briefing at Trump Tower as president-elect been something of a shambles as Trump excoriated some journalists and ignored others, but the whole election campaign had been traumatic for many. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Congress to Weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act? – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

20 01 2017

cda-230The protections that courts have given to online publishers under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996 (the “CDA”) just may have gone too far. Read the rest of this entry »





With the Threat of Fake News, Will Social Media Platforms Become More Media Companies and Forsake Legal Protections? – Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat

21 12 2016

FacebookIn the wake of the fake news scandals of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, social media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat are increasingly being held to standards expected of media, rather than tech, companies. Fact-checkers and editors are entering the scene, raising the question whether social media platforms will continue to be passive Internet service providers, or content providers, or perhaps more of a hybrid.  Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Eramo v. Rolling Stone, Amici Intervene, Is Correction Republication? – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

17 12 2016

uva-frat-rolling-stoneEight media companies have intervened in the Eramo v Rolling Stone action to raise the important issue of whether a correction constitutes republication for purposes of libel. A meaningful question for practitioners and journalists alike. Read the rest of this entry »