Case Law, Strasbourg: Olafsson v Iceland, Website editor not liable for publishing sexual allegations against candidate – Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat

20 03 2017

In the case of Olafsson v Iceland ([2017] ECHR 259) the Court of Human Rights held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that their relative, A, who was standing for election for the Constitutional Assembly had sexually abused them when they were children. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Kapsis v Greece, Calling an Actress “Completely Unknown” is Not Defamatory – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

23 01 2017

ta-nea-20120210The Greek courts were wrong to hold the director of a Greek newspaper and one of its journalists liable for describing an actress recently appointed to an advisory board as “completely unknown”. The Court of Human Rights so decided on 19 January 2017 in Kapsis and Danikas v. Greece (application no. 52137/12)(available only in French). 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 »





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 »