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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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Film Review: 'The Children Act' - Does Justice Care?

The Children Act is the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, the plot of which follows the interactions between a teenage Jehovah's Witness refusing a blood transfusion and the High Court judge tasked with deciding his case. This review considers how the perception of justice compares to reality.

19:00, 2nd September 2018
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Tommy Robinson's Conviction and Appeal: Considering Contempt of Court

The recent Tommy Robinson saga - which saw his conviction, imprisonment and (temporary) release all occur in a matter of weeks - captured global media attention. The elusive legal concept of contempt of court underpinned the whole story. How exactly does it work?

19:00, 5th August 2018
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Offensive Jokes Becoming Criminal? Count Dankula's Conviction

The recent conviction of Mark Meechan, otherwise known as Count Dankula, for uploading a controversial video on YouTube sets a worrying precedent for freedom of expression. Of most concern is the fact that context is given only a secondary role when considering whether a joke is grossly offensive.

12:00, 20th April 2018
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A Digital Future: The New Electronic Communications Code's Impact on Landowners

The government is aiming to enhance the UK's digital capacity. As part of this, it has introduced new rules that regulate interactions between landowners and telecommunications operators. These rules are more favourable to operators, which might actually undermine the success of government's plans.

12:00, 17th April 2018
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OPO v Rhodes: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

A case concerning the publication of the autobiography of James Rhodes, a renowned concert pianist, saw the reemergence of a Victorian tort that looked destined to be nothing more than a historical footnote. Though its rediscovery is welcome, the Supreme Court limited its scope too heavily.

12:00, 13th February 2018
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Copyright Protection for TV Shows: Pointless or Going for Gold?

While scripted TV shows have long been protected by copyright law, the legal position of programmes that rely on spontaneity, like quiz shows or reality television, has been heavily contested. However, a recent High Court case has finally provided guidance as to when protection may be available.

12:00, 19th December 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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Paid and Displayed: Is the BBC at risk of Discrimination Lawsuits?

The publication of the salaries of the BBC's 96 highest paid stars has shone a light on a major gender pay gap within the corporation. Might these new figures leave it having to fight off pay discrimination lawsuits?

12:00, 21st July 2017
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The Failure of IP law to Protect Comedians

The law of IP across many jurisdictions has struggled to provide adequate protection for comedians, as demonstrated by an upcoming case in America involving Conan O'Brien. There is evidence that shows comedians have thus resorted to using social norms to protect themselves, and each other.

12:00, 11th July 2017
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Misuse of Private Information: The Failure to Protect the Right to Privacy

Privacy is under threat. The fight against terrorism and the emergence of social media have meant it is increasingly hard to protect information about our personal lives. And, to compound matters, the current remedies for the infringements of privacy rights we do have are simply not sufficient.

12:00, 10th February 2017
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PJS: Injunctions in an Online World

Injunctions are an incredibly common remedy, dealing with issues from boundary disputes to anti-social behaviour. In recent years, however, the power has come under more scrutiny where injunctions are used to prevent details of the private lives of public figures being reported.

12:00, 27th July 2016
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Freedom of Speech in a time of Terrorism

When it comes to national security the relationship between the importance of freedom of expression and that of public safety is complex and fraught, particularly with regards to journalism. What did the Court of Appeal make of this issue in Miranda v SoS for the Home Department?

12:00, 8th February 2016
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Public Service Broadcasting Pt II: Cutting The Licence Fee

Following up on an earlier comparison between public service broadcasting in the UK, USA and Germany, this article provides an analysis of how we might reduce the licence fee at the BBC's next Charter renewal. Is it time the BBC went subscription only, took adverts, or cut premium content?

12:28, 7th August 2015
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