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What is Happening to Defamation Law?

England was once known as the 'centre for libel tourism'. Since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013, however, the number of defamation claims brought to court in England and Wales has steadily dropped. What has happened to kill this area of law?

12:00, 23rd April 2019
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The Defamatory Paedophile Detector: Roy Moore v Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of household characters 'Borat', 'Ali G' and 'Bruno', has been sued by controversial American politician Roy Moore over a recent episode of Cohen's show 'Who Is America?'. While the lawsuit is filed in America, it raises interesting questions about comedy and defamation.

12:00, 11th September 2018
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No Limits on Ltds: Defending the Right of Corporations to Sue in Defamation

Defamation law has gradually widened throughout the years. However, controversy has arisen over whether or not companies, which grant high value to goodwill, should be able to sue when defamed by an individual. Australia has adopted a approach; should English law consider it?

12:00, 20th July 2018
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Lachaux v Independent Print: Defining ‘Serious Harm’ for Defamation

Since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013, there has been some confusion about what exactly is meant by 'serious harm'. In a case recently decided by the Court of Appeal, some light was shed upon this question; but does the answer really accord with Parliament's intention?

12:00, 27th October 2017
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Fair Use on YouTube: The H3H3Productions Copyright Case

A recent American case saw, for the first time, a maker of a YouTube video that used clips made by other YouTubers taken to court. It sheds light on the similarities between two doctrines of English and American law that govern when the exclusive right granted by copyright law can be overcome.

12:00, 19th September 2017
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How ‘Seriously’ was your Reputation Harmed?

Requiring 'serious harm' to be suffered by a party subject to defamatory comments had yet to be interpreted greatly following enactment of the Defamation Act 2013, that is until a recent decision of the High Court. Emily Clements comments on the decision and the impact of this requirement.

12:20, 17th September 2014
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Preventing Cyber-bullying: New Zealand Leading the Way?

There is international concern of the growing problem of cyber-bullying. The advancements in social media provide a faceless platform for bullies to carry out their demeaning actions. Yasmin Daswani analyses legal developments made in New Zealand that seek to prevent and punish cyber-bullying.

12:00, 9th July 2014
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A complicated relationship: The ECtHR, media, privacy & freedom of expression

Hugh Tomlinson QC, a well-regarded media and privacy law expert, has recently criticised the ECtHR for blurring the boundaries between privacy and defamation cases. Chris Bridges provides a brief history of privacy law, highlights how this blurring has come about, and why it is important.

12:40, 9th February 2014
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Defamation Dragged into the 21st Century?

Until recently the UK's claimant-friendly defamation law has dampened free speech and attracted libel tourists. The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1st January 2014 and hopes to change this, but does it do so successfully?

12:21, 14th January 2014
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