Dossier    December 19, 2014

Peace breaks out for Christmas

Big end of town settlements feature as the end of the year draws nigh … Justice McCallum chastises plaintiff barrister (in his absence) and orders mediation in ABC matter … Wisconsin court dismisses proceedings against Fairfax ... more


Intellectual property    December 18, 2014

The IP year in review

The past year has seen the release of several seminal reports, followed by much discussion and debate … Internationally, Kim Dotcom, the Pirate Bay and Wiklieaks figured prominently, as Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 17, 2014

Highlights and lowlights of 2014

The Gazette asked a handful of savvy media law types to choose the highlights and lowlights of the year that was … Some consensus emerged, at least in terms of UK developments ... more


Media Matters    December 15, 2014

Code’s protections come into play after damage is done

The UK’s new Code of Practice for acquiring and disclosing communications data has come under attack from media organisations for good reason – it fails to protect journalist’s sources … This analysis from Media Lawyer’s Mike Dodd … more


Damages    December 10, 2014

Defamation cap rising well above inflation

An analysis of the 2005 defamation damages cap demonstrates that it is increasing at a rate far greater than inflation – up from $250,000 to $366,000 since 2006 … Melbourne media lawyer John-Paul Cashen crunches the numbers ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 9, 2014

Press needs a regulator to protect itself – and the rest of us

The case for independent regulation of the British press gets a boost following revelations about the methods of former News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood, the so-called “Fake Sheik” ... Goldsmiths Professor of Journalism Angela Phillips explains why ... more


Dossier    December 8, 2014

Spurr’s poetic licence stays online

New Matilda and Professor Barry Spurr have a meeting of minds (sort of) ... An injunction prevents further publication, but Spurr’s racist and sexist emails stay online … More free speech action in the pipeline for the independent news website ... more


Appeals    December 2, 2014

Katie Milne v Bob Ell

NSW of Court of Appeal attempts to put a brake on further legal action between Greens councillor Katie Milne and property developer Bob Ell … Both applications for leave to appeal are refused, along with any order as to costs ... more


Damages    December 1, 2014

Nicholas Polias v Tobin Ryall & Ors

Poker player awarded $340,000 over defamatory and “scurrilous” Facebook posts by four defendants … NSW Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rothman finds the first defendant deliberately lied on oath and the second’s conduct “vicious and malicious” … more


Damages    December 1, 2014

Khurrum Awan v Ezra Levant

Free speech at issue in Canada as the Ontario Supreme Court finds allegations made by a right-wing journalist and blogger baseless and malicious … Damages of Can$80,000 ensue … This case note and comment from Inforrm ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 28, 2014

Book Review: Social Media and the Law

This timely tome, edited by Patrick George, looks at social media and the law in a number of areas and from a range of perspectives … Barrister Richard Potter gave it a test read and predicts it will be much quoted ... more