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Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 29, 2014   thumbnail
Disproportionate defamation claims in NSW

In this paper, presented at a recent UNSW defamation and media law seminar, barrister Matthew Lewis examines the application of the Jameel principle in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and now in NSW ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 28, 2014  
UNSW seminar: Recent developments in defamation and media law

Papers, comments, questions … This week’s UNSW seminar on defamation and media law featured a range of points of view and included some interesting thoughts from NSW Supreme Court Defamation List Judge Lucy McCallum … Nina Ubaldi reports ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 27, 2014   thumbnail
"Ridiculousness": Ridicule and defamatory meaning in the age of the internet

A defamation and media law seminar at the College of Law, Sydney, presents some novel ideas in light of the internet … NSW District Court Defamation List Judge Judith Gibson delivers an entertaining paper ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 26, 2014  
Interview: Julian Petley

One of the most prominent campaigners for media freedom in the UK, Julian Petley, kindly agreed to answer some questions from Simon Dawes on phone-hacking, the Snowden leaks, the fallout from the Leveson Inquiry, and IPSO, the new self-regulatory body for the press ... more

Contempt    August 22, 2014   thumbnail
Thomas Tate v Amanda Duncan-Strelec

A woman who lost a Supreme Court case against the mayor of the Gold Coast has been found guilty of five charges of contempt in relation to a website she set up to attack him … NSW Supreme Court Justice Patricia Bergin calls for the defendant’s medical records before considering punishment ... more

Dossier    August 21, 2014  
International IP news

English Premier League cracks down on GIF and Vines copyright infringement … World’s “biggest podcaster” settles patent suit … Snapchat’s future to be decided by US patent judges … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Media Matters    August 20, 2014   thumbnail
Live-tweeting in court

Live-tweeting court proceedings is becoming common practice for journalists, and others … However, not all courts or jurisdictions agree on the rules … Jackson Wherrett investigates ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 18, 2014  
A landmark judgment

The recent application of the Jameel principle of proportionality to permanently stay proceedings is a landmark Australian judgment with interesting ramifications for justice, according to media law academic Dr David Rolph ... more

Interlocutory    August 15, 2014   thumbnail
Roland Bleyer v Google Inc

NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum applies Jameel and finds “disproportionality a species of abuse of process” ... Defamation proceedings brought by an alleged fraudster over Google search engine results published to three people are permanently stayed ... more

Suppression    August 15, 2014  
Wikileaks and open courts in Victoria

Was WikiLeaks’ condemnation of the bribery case suppression order justified? And where does that leave open justice under the new Open Courts Act? James Nunez asked Melbourne barrister David Gilbertson QC ... more

Imputations    August 14, 2014   thumbnail
Clive Palmer v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Ors

Clive Palmer suffers a major blow in his defamation action against The Australian and two of its journalists … Nine out of ten imputations pleaded for three articles are struck out … Victoria Keller reports ... more

Damages    August 13, 2014  
Cosimo Tassone v Stephen Kirkham

Workplace hoax email results in defamation damages of $75,000 … SA District Court finds correctional services officer suffered psychiatric injury over being called promiscuous, of loose moral character, and for having his “sexual identity impugned” ... Rico Jedrzejczyk reports ... more

Privilege    August 12, 2014   thumbnail
Amir Bodenstein v Hope Street Urban Compassion & George Vlamakis

Self-represented homeless man loses defamation action against Baptist charity and one of its former employees … NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson upholds both defences of qualified privilege in relation to words said to a policewoman ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 11, 2014  
Free speech symposium 2014

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s free speech symposium featured 23 speakers, all freely expressing their differing views on the subject … Kate Lilly was there for the duration ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 10, 2014   thumbnail
Free speech speech - Mark Dreyfus QC

When the Human Rights Commission invited the shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus QC to speak about free speech at a recent symposium in Sydney, he didn’t mince his words … In today’s Australia, “Voltaire’s principle is honoured only in the breach”... ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 9, 2014  
Open justice and reporting information about a suspect

A recent UK Court of Appeal judgment has reaffirmed the principle of open justice when reporting criminal proceedings that take place in open court … But as Inforrm’s Hugh Tomlinson QC comments, it was misreported in some quarters ... more

Damages    August 8, 2014   thumbnail
North Coast Children's Home Inc. trading as Child & Adolescent Specialist Programs & Accommodation (CASPA) & Ors v Keith Martin

The perils of digital defamation … NSW District Court judge awards a total of $250,000 damages to three plaintiffs over a series of defamatory publications – including seven Facebook posts – which included allegations of child abuse ... more

Dossier    August 6, 2014  
International IP news

Spain takes on Google again, this time in respect of news aggregation … US citizens free to unlock their phones, at least for the next three years … Expendables 3 and the seemingly insoluble problem of online movie piracy … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Media Matters    August 5, 2014   thumbnail
Press Council introduces new standards for journalists

The Press Council has responded to changes in the media landscape by issuing revised standards for journalists … Fact and opinion are now under the same umbrella, but accuracy remains paramount … James Nunez reports ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 4, 2014  
Assessment of damages in a libel claim

A recent UK libel damages award illustrates the disparity between amounts awarded for defamation and those awarded for invasions of privacy … Sara Mansoori takes a closer look in this Inforrm article ... more

Dossier    August 3, 2014   thumbnail
Contemptuous conduct

Contumacious blogger fined $2000 … Alleged bikie associate takes action against the ABC and Fairfax … Interesting developments in Fairfax defences to proceedings brought by the federal treasurer and a NSW Supreme Court judge … More Corby action over The Project ... Keysar Trad turned away by High Court … “Cheating tradie” targets A Current Affair ... more

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