Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in complaints, copyright, defamation, fraud, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

‘Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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Blacklisted workers win £10m payout from construction firms – The Guardian

‘About £10m will be paid in compensation to more than 250 building workers who were “blacklisted” by some of Britain’s biggest construction firms under a settlement to be announced on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Victims of press intrusion deserve better than a return to the status quo – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2016 in defamation, freedom of expression, inquiries, media, news, privacy, victims by sally

‘I was one of the victims of unscrupulous newspapers that David Cameron pledged to protect in the of wake of the Leveson report. Let’s ensure he keeps his promises.’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2016

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Press victims ‘betrayed’ by law delay – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2016 in defamation, delay, inquiries, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘Victims of press intrusion have accused the government of breaking its promise over regulation. The group, which includes Kate and Gerry McCann, says a delay in bringing into law a key part of the Royal Charter agreement is a “betrayal”.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2016

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Two leading genealogists clash in High Court defamation battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in defamation, disclosure, documents, harassment, news by sally

‘Daniel Curran, star of Heir Hunters, has been ordered to disclose documents relating to defamatory allegations made against his rival.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2016

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Publications must be taken as a whole when determining meaning, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 19th, 2016 in defamation, interpretation, media, news by sally

‘In order to determine the meaning of a publication in defamation, what matters is the publication taken as a whole, a High Court judge has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2016

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Transgender couple win council payout for defamation – Daily Telegraph

‘A transgender couple who claim local villagers subjected them to a campaign of harassment won damages from the council after defamatory comments were published on its website.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2016

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Further ‘judicial direction’ given on meaning of serious harm under defamation laws, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 19th, 2016 in defamation, media, news by sally

‘Courts in England have given further guidance on when statements can be said to have caused or be likely to cause ‘serious harm’ under defamation laws, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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Defamation reforms have helped to curb ‘trivial claims’, says campaign group – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2016 in defamation, news, statute law revision by sally

‘Reforms to defamation laws in England and Wales have helped to prevent “trivial claims” being brought before the courts, a campaign group has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th January 2016

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Plebgate police inspector guilty of misconduct, disciplinary panel rules – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2015 in complaints, defamation, disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A Police Federation official accused of giving a misleading account of a meeting with Plebgate row MP Andrew Mitchell has been found guilty of breaching standards of professional behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2015

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Police illegally accessed journalist’s phone records during Plebgate investigation – Daily Telegraph

‘The Metropolitan Police illegally accessed the phone records of a journalist while desperately trying to find the source of a leek during the Plebgate scandal, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

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That’s Entertainment? The Anonymity of Arrestees and the Law – Doughty Street

‘Last week, The Mirror reported that John Leslie was being questioned by police in connection with an alleged sexual assault. The report contained photographs of the police with evidence bags outside Leslie’s house. The Mirror reminded its readers of allegations made against the former TV presenter in 2002 and 2008. This the most recent example of media reports concerning allegations of sexual offences involving public figures.’

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Doughty Street, 2nd December 2015

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Serbian Forum Shopper in Breach of his Duty of Full and Frank Disclosure has his Privacy and Libel Action Struck Out – RPC Data and Privacy Law

‘On 23 November 2015 Sir Michael Tugendhat set aside an order for service out of the jurisdiction of proceedings for the misuse of private information and libel which had been made by Master Roberts on 31 March 2015 in respect of an article in Politika, a Serbian language newspaper circulating in Serbia and neighbouring countries in hard copy and available in this country only on the internet. Sir Michael held that the Claimant was in breach of his duty of full and frank disclosure and the case is a significant reminder of the duty of candour that rests upon a claimant when seeking permission to serve outside the jurisdiction under CPR 6.36 and of the perils of over-enthusiastic attempts to squeeze foreign claims into this jurisdiction. The case is also important on the question of how section 9(2) Defamation Act 2013 requiring evidence that England and Wales is “clearly the most appropriate place in which to bring an action in respect of the statement” is to be interpreted and the burden it places on a Claimant which the judge decided had not been discharged in this case.’

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RPC Data and Privacy Law, 7th December 2015

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One Direction star wins round in Daily Star libel case – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in defamation, drug abuse, media, news by sally

‘One Direction’s Niall Horan has won a round in his libel case over articles he claims imply he used drugs during an evening with fellow musicians Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Former MP Tim Yeo loses Sunday Times cash claim libel bid – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2015 in codes of practice, defamation, media, news, parliament by tracey

‘Former Conservative MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel case against The Sunday Times over a “cash for advocacy” claim.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

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Deposits, dog hairs, doors and defamation – Nearly Legal

Posted November 23rd, 2015 in animals, appeals, defamation, deposits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, privilege by sally

‘As if tenancy deposits weren’t complicated enough, now we can add libel claims to the consequences of a heated deposit dispute. It turns out that sending potentially libellous accusations to the deposit scheme adjudication service is possibly covered by qualified privilege.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st November 2015

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Suing Facebook is no easy matter – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 10th, 2015 in appeals, defamation, EC law, human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘An action in defamation and under the right to privacy against Facebook has been dismissed in the High Court. The Facebook entity named as defendant did not “control” the publication so as to allow liability; and even if it did, no claim under the Human Rights Act could lie against FB as it could not be described as any sort of a public authority for the purposes of Section 6 of the Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th November 2015

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University of Sussex to pay student protester £20,000 in damages – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in damages, defamation, demonstrations, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Sussex has apologised to a former student, admitting there was “no truth” in its claim that he’d led an unlawful occupation of the university and carried out acts of criminal behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Courts likely to look for evidence that journalists have verified alleged defamatory statements, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 16th, 2015 in defamation, evidence, media, news, Privy Council, public interest by sally

‘Journalists seeking to rely on the new ‘public interest’ defence to a claim of defamation will still have to be able to prove that they have taken steps to verify the accuracy of what they have published, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th October 2015

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Ex-MP Tim Yeo sues Sunday Times over ‘cash for advocacy’ claims – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, defamation, media, news, parliament by tracey

‘A former Conservative MP has told a court his reputation had been “trashed” by a national newspaper which alleged he breached parliamentary codes of conduct.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2015

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