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Sources    April 23, 2014   thumbnail
Dr Edmund Bateman v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd

NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum considers the “newspaper rule” afresh, this time in relation to the defences of honest opinion and comment … Fairfax must disclose sources or forfeit those defences … Rebecca Gall reports ... more

Dossier    April 23, 2014  
IP news, here and there

UK cyber crime police shut down sports torrenting site … South Africa prosecutes its first Pirate Bay up-loader … Kim Dotcom’s latest legal wrangles … Game creator backs down in trademark dispute … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Privacy    April 22, 2014   thumbnail
Weller v Associated Newspapers Limited

Paparazzi, beware … A recent UK judgment saw the children of pop singer Paul Weller awarded damages over photographs taken in California without their consent … Alexia Bedat examines the decision in this Inforrm article ... more

Appeals    April 22, 2014  
Dr Ratna Ghosh & Anor v NBN Limited & Ors

A Gold Coast doctor who has multiple legal proceedings afoot, has her appeal dismissed over a defamation action she launched against NBN TV, News Ltd and others … Judge warns against self-representation ... more

Interlocutory    April 17, 2014   thumbnail
Danny Saad v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Self-represented plaintiff’s defamation action dismissed by judge whose brother (also a judge) the plaintiff (may have) threatened to kill … Palace Films principals, Fairfax Media and movie website Screen Hub directed to mediation after two contextual truth imputations are struck out ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 16, 2014  
Opening the door to bloggers

New Zealand’s Press Council has grand plans to include bloggers in its membership, and regulatory orbit … But what are its chances of getting them to sign up? And will the same standards apply? Steven Price canvasses the issues ... more

Media Matters    April 14, 2014   thumbnail
The X factor

Journalists in the firing line in Victoria and NSW … Suppression orders, a defamation action and criminal charges take the edge off “fight for the truth” ... more

Sources    April 11, 2014  
Helen Liu v The Age Company Ltd & Ors

Hard-fought sources disclosure battle between Chinese businesswoman Helen Liu and The Age nearing an end … NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum reserves her final decision as discreet settlement discussions continue ... more

Media Matters    April 9, 2014   thumbnail
Reporter gets harassment warning for investigating fraudster

Fallout from News of the World phone hacking scandal … UK Metropolitan Police serve harassment warning on local newspaper reporter who asked questions … This report from the Press Association ... more

Dossier    April 8, 2014  
IP news, here and there

UK police target pirate sites’ revenue streams … Roman Court of Appeals overturns blocking order … Sony’s worst takedown order yet … Australian government Bill to protect sporting event logos and indicia … Rocco Rinaldo reports … more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 4, 2014   thumbnail
Treading a fine line: Balancing privacy and public interest in law reform

The Australian Law Reform Commission has just released its Discussion Paper on privacy in the digital era … In this article, Commissioner in charge of the inquiry, Professor Barbara McDonald, outlines the thinking behind the proposal for a new statutory tort of privacy ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 3, 2014  
RDA changes would amplify prejudice

As debate continues about the federal government’s proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane explains how the changes would work to encourage racial prejudice and its outward expression ... more

Damages    April 3, 2014  
Timothy Visscher v Maritime Union of Australia

Tugboat captain awarded damages of $90,000 over two defamatory articles published by the Maritime Union of Australia … All defences fail – truth, contextual truth, qualified privilege and honest opinion … Rebecca Gall reports ... more

Appeals    April 1, 2014   thumbnail
Andrew Holt v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd, Nine Network & Ben Fordham

NSW Court of Appeal dismisses appeal brought by a man awarded $4500 for defamation by Channel Nine … The primary judge, Christine Adamson, also got it right when she ordered Nine to pay only half of his costs on a party/party basis ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    March 31, 2014  
Defamation, political speech, meaning and comment

A recent UK decision illustrates the defence of comment at work to protect the “stuff of political disagreement” ... Anthony Hudson analyses the judgment in this Inforrm article ... more

Appeals    March 28, 2014   thumbnail
Sylvia Enders v Erbas & Associates Pty Ltd & Anor

NSW Court of Appeal upholds defences of qualified privilege for an intra-office email … Acting appeal judge Murray Tobias affirms that it wasn’t necessary to get the plaintiff’s side of the story before publication … Rico Jedrzejczyk reports … more

Dossier    March 27, 2014  
IP news here, and there

IP Australia modernises its customer enquiry and international patents systems … Google and Viacom settle seven-year YouTube copyright battle … US judge rules that IP addresses are not people … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Privilege    March 26, 2014   thumbnail
Louis Prefumo v Arriadne Bradley

WA Chief Justice dismisses defamation action brought by a brother against his sister over statements she made to mental health professionals … Both parties were self-represented ... more

Damages    March 25, 2014  
Brendan Ritson v Gary Burns

Former policeman who was called a criminal by gay rights activist is awarded damages of $7500 for publication to one person … NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum says the action “warrants some explanation” ... more

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