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 »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Lykin v. Ukraine, Free speech and elected officials – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

17 01 2017

european_court_of_human_rightsOn 12 January 2017, the Court of Human Rights handed down judgment in the case of Lykin v Ukraine ([2017] ECHR 17), providing a timely reminder that freedom of political expression under Article 10 can trump reputation. 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 »





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 »





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 »





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 »